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Astucia Shed Light on the A41 Chetwynd

The A41 north of Telford, Shropshire running through Chetwynd is a notoriously dangerous stretch of road due to a staggered junction with few road markings, delineation or signage.
This area of road has been highlighted as an accident black spot due to vehicles frequently exceeding the 60mph speed limit and the area being prone to fog and the elements.

The staggered junction also contributed to making this a hazardous stretch of road as oncoming traffic did not have clear visibility of vehicles joining the carriageway in darkness.

Jacobs on behalf of Telford and Wrekin Council installed 105 Astucia Hardwired Intelligent Road Studs along the roadside of the A41 carriageway just north of Telford, and installed 200 Astucia SolarLite Flush Road Studs in the centre of the road giving drivers clearer guidance and visibility of the road ahead for a distance of 900m. Two radar controlled Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) were installed at either side of the road just before the connecting roads joined the main A41 carriageway. The studs were programmed to constantly emit low level light during the hours of darkness and if a vehicle were to exceed the speed limit on passing either of the VAS signs they would flash “Slow Down” with the hardwired studs automatically changing to full brightness, dramatically increasing the driver’s visibility of the road ahead.

The Technical Director from Jacobs Traffic, Transportation and Road Safety Team commented “I would like to thank Clearview Traffic for their technical expertise, support and collaborative working in helping to deliver a challenging, yet innovative road safety solution for the A41 Chetwynd road junction. The efforts and commitment demonstrated from the outset at our initial sales meeting, through to the design support, client meetings and on site supervision / coordination of works, is commendable and showed true professionalism. This was an excellent example of partnership working and we look forward to working with Clearview Traffic on future projects”

This unique road safety system established full Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) after installation and is evident in decreasing the number of collisions on this section of the A41 carriageway.

Take a look at the scheme in action - A41 Chetwynd Road Safety Scheme

Author: |Date Published: July 2012

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