Highways England looks to improve A1 in Lincolnshire
Highways England is looking at a number of improvements along the A1 in Lincolnshire following safety concerns.
There were 17 deaths on the A1 between Stamford and Newark in the five years to December 2019, and a further 69 serious crashes were also recorded.
While last year’s lockdowns reduced traffic, levels have crept back to pre-pandemic times and the past few weeks have brought several accidents.
When Gareth Davies became the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford on December 12, 2019, he said upgrades to the safety of the A1 in his constituency would be his priority.
But despite representing the local electorate for more than 18 months, nothing has been done on the ground and the MP told the Journal two weeks ago he is 'not responsible for the road network, Highways England is responsible'.
The problems Mr Davies identified back in 2019 included short slip-roads and gaps in the central reservation allowing vehicles to be driven across the A1.
Despite no work being done so far, Highways England has re-assured residents it is looking into the issues.
Highways England programme development manager, Karen Moore, said: “Safety is our priority and we’re looking at a number of targeted improvements along the A1 in Lincolnshire.
“Work on this is ongoing and we’re in regular contact with local authorities and other partners as we seek to make progress.”
As well as locations with a history of incidents, Highways England is exploring the potential to close some of the existing gaps in the central reservation, the quality and safety of existing laybys and the potential for traffic officers to patrol sections of the A1.
With improvement work Highways England say there are 'competing priorities', while work could be subject to statutory consultation, which can take time.