The A4128 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire has won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for becoming the most improved road in the country in terms of safety and casualty reduction.
The collision record on the A4128 Hughenden Road was identified as a significant problem with 26 crashes in the six and a half years leading up to June 2006. Poor visibility was identified as a key issue and as a result solutions were chosen to reduce this problem, including innovative road markings and intelligent road studs.
During two survey periods – from 2004-06 and 2007-09 – the number of fatal and serious collisions dropped by 89%, from 19 to two.
Installing central islands and solar powered road studs, and enhancing road markings along some stretches, has also had a positive impact on safety. Some sections have also been reduced from national speed limits to 50mph and 40mph limits.
For more information contact Nigel Spencer at Buckinghamshire County Council on 01296 383431.