Plans revealed to move traffic lights at Derby Raynesway junction after several crashes
MAJOR changes aimed at improving safety at a roundabout in Alvaston have been revealed.
The island off the A5111 Raynesway flyover has been the scene of several accidents in the last few months.
Back in September, on several occasions a vehicle hit traffic lights near the island, causing delays.
Now Highways England is to move the traffic lights at the island and put in new carriageway hatch lines.
It will also change the layouts of the lanes which people have said has been a problem.
And Derby City Council is installing road signs warning people to drive within the speed limit.
Derby city councillor for Alvaston, Mark Tittley, said he asked for the work to be completed after residents warned him of the problems.
He said: “This is a big issue because thousands of people use that route every day and it has been the scene of too many accidents.
“Thankfully none of them have been fatal but that is why we need to act now. I fear it would have been only a matter of time before something like that did happen.
“These changes will certainly improve safety. The traffic lights is where a number of the crashes have happened, so moving them will help.
“The roundabout has been assessed and a change of lane layout has been recommended and more signs will alert people to slow down.
“The problem is people drive too fast there and move across the lanes because it can be unclear as to where they are.
“That is why the lane changes will be so important. I am confident this will make it much safer.”
The work is expected to be completed in the next year.
Other work is also starting soon in other parts of Alvaston to solve the problem of speeding.
Radar signs are to be installed in February to warn drivers of their speed in Alvaston Street, Shardlow Road and Elvaston Lane. The signs will be installed for six weeks at each road before a permanent plan is put in place. And Mr Tittley said speeding on Raynesway was also an issue.
The Derby Telegraph revealed in September that there had been 60 accidents on Raynesway during the past ten years
The figures were from the crashmap.co.uk website, which uses data collected by police on road traffic accidents in which people have been injured. This data is approved by the National Statistics Authority and reported on by the Department for Transport each year.