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A64 Rillington road safety improvements

03 September 2013 11:58

Highways Agency

Work to improve road safety on the A64 at Rillington, North Yorkshire will begin next week.

The Highways Agency will be renewing bollards and pedestrian crossing beacons in the village of Rillington between 9 and 20 September.

Work to install new low energy illuminated bollards and beacons will take place overnight on Monday to Thursday, between 8pm and 6am. In order to carry out the work safely there will be lane closures and traffic signals in place. At times it will also be necessary to close Pine Tree Avenue where it joins the A64.

Traffic wishing to enter Pine Tree Avenue via the A64 will be directed to leave the A64 at High Street (Rillington crossroads) then Woodlands Road. Vehicles wishing to enter the A64 via Pine Tree Avenue will use the same diversion in reverse.

Highways Agency project manager, John Howard, said:

“This work will improve road safety through this North Yorkshire village, benefitting both the local community and drivers. In order to minimise any disruption to local road users and drivers heading along this holiday route to the east coast, the Highways Agency will be suspending the roadworks each weekend. For the safety of road users and road workers we encourage all drivers to drive carefully through the roadworks, keeping within the speed limit, and concentrating on the road ahead.”

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Notes to Editors

NOTES TO EDITORS

Issued by the Highways Agency North East. For further information please contact Jennifer Hart on 01924243744 / 07879668633. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448.

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

3. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:

- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or from a phone or mobile device at m.highways.gov.uk
- By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes). Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.
- On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.
- From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the North East and Yorkshire & Humber follow us at @HAtraffic_neast or @HAtraffic_yorks or for the full index visit www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.

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