A partnership comprising Telford & Wrekin Council, Clearview Traffic and Jacobs won the Road Safety Project of the Year Award at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards 2012.
The partners received the award at a ceremony in London on 11 October, for the Chetwynd Road Safety Scheme.
This innovative safety scheme originated when the local highway authority and Telford & Wrekin Council commissioned Jacobs to carry out a collision investigation route-based study on the A41, which highlighted Chetwynd Crossroads as an ‘accident black spot’. It was decided to create a pioneering new scheme, in partnership with Clearview Traffic, to decrease the number of accidents on this dangerous stretch of road.
The scheme, a ‘first’ in the UK, relies on Astucia Hardwired Road Studs and Vehicle Activated Signs. During the hours of darkness, the junction layout is defined through the use of Astucia SolarLite Road Studs, highlighting the road layout and usage. An approaching motorist travelling in excess of a predetermined trigger speed illuminates the VAS, and the Astucia Hardwired Road Studs brighten from the solar illumination level to warn of the junction layout and encourage speed reduction.