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"Timber-clad" crash barriers.

You've all seen the usual Armco barriers, alomg Mways and at danger points on the road system.   Some find them aesthetically intrusive, so the new wheeze is to cover them with wood.   Seriously, would (!) I lie to you?

They are being fitted on a stretch of road at Crook o'Lune, near Lancaster, as part of a scheme to improve safety on five A-roads identified by the Department for Transport as the "county’s historically most dangerous routes"  at a cost of £7.9 MILLION.    In fact, there is no history of accidents along this stretch, but the IS of a high incidence of speeding!

 The timber-clad are being installed along the A683 in the north of Lancashire, including the Crook O’ Lune, Hornby, and Greta Bridge near the village of Tunstall.

 

At first, I thought they were the usual corrugated length of steel, painted or covered in a 'wrap' to look like wood, but in fact they really are "timber-clad"!

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Madness.

John

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They have these in Spain and the Canary Islands..... and when they have wild fires (as they do), the wood goes missing....

Doesn't seem like best use of our money! 

On my way to work, on the A37, just south of Yeovil, there is a railway bridge followed by a moderate right hand bend which is a bit bumpy and had adverse camber.  There is a steep tree covered bank on the outside of the bend.  In 2019 no fewer than 6 vehicles went over the bank in three months. The response was to shut half the road and put temporary lights there as it was "dangerous".  Played merry hell with commute times and they were there for months. Just before lockdown they randomly removed the lights having done nothing at all.

Since then there have been a few more vehicles over the edge, the last about a month ago which stayed they for about 3 weeks.  Now the lights are back while they repair the kerb.....  Kerb..... like that's going to help, where the flippin' armco boys? it only needs 100m!!  Better yet sort the camber and re-surface AND stick a length or armco in - the old metal stuff is fine......

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23 hours ago, JohnD said:

They are being fitted on a stretch of road at Crook o'Lune, near Lancaster, as part of a scheme to improve safety on five A-roads identified by the Department for Transport as the "county’s historically most dangerous routes"  at a cost of £7.9 MILLION.    In fact, there is no history of accidents along this stretch, but the IS of a high incidence of speeding!

In a 'normal' world the most productive solution would be identify and punish the offender. You know like stopping people carrying guns instead of councils handing out bullet proof jackets for people to wear.

However when it comes a 'basic human right' like being allowed to be in command of a high speed, motorised blunt object then we'll have none of that, it's just not fair!

As says Nick they are not uncommon in Spain, Canaries and Balearics on the scenic routes. Mind you the Spanish police have a rather more robust approach to speeding too.

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12 hours ago, Hamish said:

There has to be spare Armco floating about as there have swapped out bloody miles of it on the M5 M6 and others to replace it with continuous poured concrete central barrier.

It's all been 'weighed in' by the contractors...

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