Clearview Intelligence Logo
Clearview Intelligence Logo

+44 (0)1908 088008 or email us

Another Award for the Acclaimed A41 Chetwynd Scheme

Clearview Traffic Group Ltd, Jacobs Engineering and Telford & Wrekin Council have won the award for Safety and Innovation Project of the Year at this year’s Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE) Mercia Branch Awards. The award was won for the A41 Chetwynd Road Safety Scheme with Astucia active Road Studs.

The IHE Mercia Branch Awards was a first for 2013, showcasing the collective achievements of Highway Engineers and Engineering in the Midlands.

The announcement was made during the awards ceremony held at the Jurys Inn in Birmingham on Thursday 25th April. The award recognises the considerable impact this innovative scheme has had on improving road safety on this stretch of road.

This is no ordinary scheme it is a “first” for the UK and since being set up in February 2012 it has seen zero night-time road fatalities or personal injury collisions.

The actual scheme came about when Telford & Wrekin Council commissioned Jacobs to undertake a review of the junction with a Collision Investigation route-based study on the A41. It was highlighted as an accident black spot due to vehicles frequently exceeding the 60mph speed limit and it being prone to the elements such as fog and rain. The review of the junction identified a staggering five collisions over the latest five year collision period.

By engaging with the local community, understanding their issues and making sure the scheme was cost effective, it was decided to create an inventive scheme combining Astucia Hardwired Road Studs and Vehicle Activated Signs.
Street lighting was considered for this scheme but due to all the “street light switch off” programmes in the UK and it being very costly to implement, it was deemed unaffordable.

Astucia Hardwired Intelligent Road Studs were installed along the roadside andAstucia SolarLite Road Studs in the centre of the road. Two radar controlled Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) were deployed at either side of the road just before the connecting roads joined the main A41 carriageway. The road studs constantly emit low level light during the hours of darkness and if a vehicle exceeds the speed limit on passing either of the VAS signs they will flash a “Slow Down” message with the hardwired studs automatically changing to full brightness, increasing the driver’s visibility of the road ahead. The design solves a local problem, and provides an economic and effective approach for wider applications. Take a look at the video of this innovative scheme in action – A41 Chetwynd Road Safety Scheme

This is another fantastic win for this exciting new scheme and we hope for many more pioneering schemes like this in the future, to find out more about this scheme or how you can improve your local road network, call Clearview now on 01908 088008.

Author: |Date Published: April 2013

Links: Route Safety

All Insights

Intelligence for your inbox - sign up today

Clearview Intelligence Limited® Head Office, Aurora House, Deltic Avenue, Rooksley, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK13 8LW, U.K.