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A14

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents have been recorded on the A14 between junctions 47 and 49 in each year since 1997. (95448)

The number of road traffic accidents on the A14 between junctions 47 and 49, recorded for each of the years from 1997 to date is as follows:

Number of accidents

1997

16

1998

11

1999

16

2000

10

2001

10

2002

9

2003

12

2004

6

2005

8

2006 (To June)

4

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities there have been on the A14 in Suffolk in each year since 1997. (95449)

On the A14 in Suffolk in 2005, there were 150 personal injury road accidents reported to the police resulting in four fatalities. With regards to figures for previous years, I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 517W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the A14 in Suffolk is lit by overhead lighting. (95539)

There is approximately 0.9km of overhead street lighting on the A14 in Suffolk, equating to 1.3 per cent. of 70.073km, which is the length of the A14 mainline carriageway measured from Felixstowe to Newmarket.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what road safety improvement schemes are planned for the A14; and when each scheme will be completed. (95540)

The following road safety improvement schemes are planned for the section of the A14 trunk road running from Newmarket to Felixstowe:

The A14 Haughley New Street to Stowmarket Improvement is a road safety improvement scheme which will see the realignment of the A14 at Haughley. It is currently at public inquiry stage, with anticipated start of works in summer 2007 and completion in January 2009, subject to funding and completion of statutory procedures.

On a smaller scale the following improvement schemes are planned over the next four years, subject to funding and changing priorities following the route's annual safety report:

A14 Stowmarket Filter Drain Hardening

Hardening of material within the verge to prevent vehicles getting stuck and subsequent stone scatter onto the main carriageway and for use in setting out mobile lane closures. Due to be completed by the end of October 2006.

A14 Port of Felixstowe Bus Lay-by Closure

Converting existing bus lay-by to mobile variable message sign (VMS) hardstanding. Due to be completed by end of 2006.

A14 Higham Westbound off slip

Signing improvements. Due to be completed by end of 2006.

A14 Risby Eastbound off slip

Road marking and signing improvements. Due to be completed by end of 2006.

A14 Orwell Bridge Service Station

Road marking and signing improvements. Due to be completed by end of 2006.

A14 Stowmarket VMS Lay-by

Provides for a hardstanding for a mobile VMS to allow rapid deployment of these units which provide up-to-date information to road users in the event of an incident. Due to be completed by end of the financial year 2006-07.

This is part of a wider programme of mobile VMS hardstandings to tackle the Government's congestion busting targets.

A14 Lay-by Strategy

This is an on-going programme of lay-by improvements covering all lay-bys on the A14 between Cambridge and Felixstowe. Phase 3 is currently considering improvements to westbound lay-bys at Baylham and Newmarket and eastbound at Copdock. Work programmed for 2007-08. Subsequent phases will continue to deliver a rolling programme year on year.

A14 Signing Review Phase 1

Provision of renewal of all road signs at Wherstead and Nacton Interchanges. Work programmed for 2007-08.

A14 Bury St. Edmunds Road/Rail containment

Provision of concrete barrier between road and rail. Works programmed for 2008-09.

A14/A11 Newmarket Bypass Road/Rail containment

Provision of concrete barrier between road and rail. Works programmed beyond 2008-09.

A14 St. Saviours Interchange

Anti-skid surfacing application, road markings and signing. Programmed for financial year 2010-11.

A14 Nacton Service Station eastbound off slip

Road markings and signing. Programmed for financial year 2010-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the junctions on the A14 in order of the volume of traffic that uses each one. (95542)

The Highways Agency does not hold records of volumes of traffic that use each junction. The table shows the 2005 traffic flows on each section of the A14 between Newmarket and Felixstowe.

A14 Newmarket to Felixstowe traffic flows-2005

Vehicles per day

Description

Eastbound

Westbound

J36 (A11) to J37 (A142)

36,516

38,844

J37 (A142) to J38 (A11)

18,984

39,793

J38 (A11) to J42 (A1302)

21,156

20,659

J42 (A1302) to J43 (A143)

20,561

20,389

J43 (A143) to J44 (A134)

20,561

20,389

J44 (A134) to J47 (A1088)

19,979

20,131

J47 (A1088) to J49 (A1308)

19,979

20,131

J49 (A1308) to J50 (A1120)

19,979

20,131

J50 (A1120) to J51 (A140)

19,979

20,131

J51 (A140) to J53 (A1156)

23,886

24,034

J53 (A1156) to J55 (A12)

24,322

22,604

J55 (A12) to J56 (A137)

27,254

25,881

J56 (A1137) to J57 (A1189)

27,254

25,881

J57 (A1189) to J58 (A12)

27,254

25,881

J58 (A12) J60 (A154)

16,680

17,263

J60 (A14) to J61 (A154)

17,263

16,680

J61 (A154) to J62 (A154)

16,680

17,263

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred on the A14 in (a) Suffolk and (b) in total in each year since 1997, broken down by the junction number closest to where the accident occurred. (95544)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the financial cost has been of closing or repairing the A14 after road accidents in each year since 1997. (95545)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents have occurred on the A14 where a reported contributory factor was (a) road environment, (b) vehicle defects, (c) injudicious action, (d) driver/rider error, (e) impairment or distraction, (f) behaviour or inexperience, (g) impaired vision, (h) pedestrian action and (i) other factors in each year since 1997. (95547)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how often (a) one carriageway and (b) two carriageways have been closed (i) for routine maintenance or upgrade and (ii) due to a road traffic accident on the (A) eastbound A14 and (B) westbound A14 in each year since 1997. (95549)

Record keeping for carriageway closures on the section of road, A14 between Newmarket and Felixstowe, started in the year 2000. Between 2000 and 2006 there has been more than one change in the way data is recorded. It is not possible to provide year-by-year statistics due to those changes.

The most accurate information the Agency is able to provide is given in the table as follows:

Closures 2000-06

Number

Routine maintenance and other work

Eastbound lane closures

1,339

Westbound lane closures

1,290

Eastbound total carriageway closures

50

Westbound total carriageway closures

61

Incidents

Eastbound lane closures

130

Westbound lane closures

124

Eastbound total carriageway closures

21

Westbound total carriageway closures

15