Thank you for your letter and associated petition dated 5 April 2016 regarding the above matter, I am sorry for the delay in replying to you.
Following a fatal collision that occurred on the A30 London Road at the junction with Blackstocks Lane in January 2010, an accident investigation study was undertaken on London Road from Water End Lane to Blackstocks Lane. The aim of this study was to examine the five year injury accident records and identify measures that could be introduced to help reduce the existing pattern of collisions. A package of measures including a lane reduction trial was implemented on the A30 corridor in 2011. During the trial lane closure local residents expressed mixed views as to its effectiveness with a number deeming the changes to have made the route less safe than it was prior to the changes, particularly for those wishing to access their properties. A permanent lane reduction was therefore not pursued. Since this time the injury accident record on this part of the A30 has improved.
In terms of the speed limit on the route, all A & B class roads across the county, including the A30, have been recently assessed as part of a casualty led review aimed at establishing if existing speed limits are still appropriate. The review concluded that this particular section of the A30 has a good safety record in relation to anticipated casualties for comparable routes nationally but the route will continue to be monitored by our Safety Engineering Team.
With regard to the condition of the road surface, the Highways Team will inspect the slip road leading to The Baredown and subsequently order repairs for any safety defects found. Consideration will be given to submitting the slip road for resurfacing in 2017/18, but this will depend on funding levels and priorities. In the interim, the road is inspected in accordance with national standards for highway safety inspections. Also, a quieter road surface would be considered on this section of the A30 if prioritised for resurfacing.
I can also advise that the County Council is looking at measures to improve the visibility for traffic turning in and out of The Baredown junction with the A30 as part of the 2016/17 Minor Works programme.
Councillor Rob Humby
Executive Member for Environment and Transport