The Highways Agency has been accused of a “litany of delay and incompetence”, following their failure to improve safety at a notorious accident blackspot on the A120.
It has been over a year since Bernard’s debate in Parliament raised the need for a reduced speed limit and roundabout at the Horsley Cross / Hare Green section of the A120. As a result of the debate and a local campaign, the Highways Agency and Roads Minister agreed these safety measures would be implemented. However, progress has been drastically slow. Road users will have seen speed limit signs erected recently but painted over, and the reduced limit is still not in force.
Bernard said, “This is not good enough! I had an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport and made clear that this is unacceptable. The Highways Agency have failed time and time again to show any urgency in addressing this issue. I also wrote to the Minister for Roads raising my strongest concerns over the delays with the installation of speed cameras. They were initially agreed in March last year. So far, the Highways Agency has completely failed to address the problem and the Minister must make sure that this is resolved urgently. I will keep at this until the roundabout and limits are in place, and the road is made safe for everyone using it”.