Traffic calming will cut accidents

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A ZEBRA crossing in Middle Rasen is the final step in a series of measures to cut the number of serious collisions on one of the country’s most dangerous roads.

Over the past few years traffic calming measures have been installed along the A631 Market Rasen to Gainsborough road after it was named as one of the most dangerous roads in England.

Road Safety Partnership figures show the number of serious incidents along this stretch of road has more than halved since 2001 from 12 incidents every year to four in 2010.

The zebra crossing on the main road through Middle Rasen is the final step in a bid to bring down the death toll and number of serious road accidents on the road.

The measures include reactive speed signs, a reduction in speed limits, reflective warning signs on bends and small humps on the road to warn drivers of speed restrictions in the area.

West Lindsey and councillor for the area Lewis Strange said a series of meetings were held to discuss the best way forward.

He said measures were then installed at Corringham, Harpswell, Hemswell Cliff, Glentham, West Rasen, Middle Rasen and Market Rasen.

He said: “We worked with the Road Safety Partnership, the highways department, the eight parish councils along the road, the police and local councillors.

“It’s the result of different parties planning together in a determined effort to cut back on awful fatal and serious collisions on the road.”

So far this year there has been four serious incidents on this stretch of road and one fatal collision.

The total number of incidents on the road this year to date stands at 14.

There was a total of 35 incidents in 2010 - a drop of 15 since 2001.