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A449: Safety Measures

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will request the Highways Agency to conduct a full review of the safety of the A449 between Claines roundabout and Ombersley before the agency transfers responsibility for the road to Worcestershire county council. (142599)

A full safety study on this section of the A449 was carried out in 2004. The resulting recommendations for improvements to the road were promoted at a public exhibition. A safety scheme involving improvement to the elevation of the bends and signing, and the installation of two mobile safety camera sites was completed in 2005. As a result of a follow-up Road Safety Audit of these works, further improvements are to be carried out later this year. These include additional signing and installation of an anti-skid surface and hazard marker posts.

Negotiations are continuing between the Highways Agency and Worcestershire county council about the transfer of responsibility for the A449 to the local authority and no further safety reviews are anticipated.