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Dangerous Junction - Signage

Reported via desktop in the Road Markings - Worn/Faded category anonymously at 20:41, Tue 3 November 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2369972.

I’m reporting this as I am extremely concerned about the possibly of a serious/fatal accident at the junction of Station Road/Manor Road and Oakley Road, Rushton Village. At present traffic coming into the village from the A43 direction or from Oakley Road approach towards the railway bridge. Then there is a Give Way sign at the mouth of the junction onto Station Rd/Manor Rd. In my opinion as an ex Police Officer with 30 years service the signage is not sufficiently visible and on numerous occasions I have witnessed vehicles shooting straight across the junction onto Station Road. Even when sometimes they briefly pause they often give no consideration to traffic turning into the junction from Manor Road and I have nearly been hit on my Motorcycle and car several times. Either there needs to be much more visible signage further back from the junction to give much more notice of the Give Way or much better to have the junction controlled with a Stop Sign with advanced warning. That way drivers would be legally obliged to give a lot more consideration to traffic coming from their near side from Manor Road. I’m frankly amazed that the junction is controlled in the way it is and it’s just a waiting game for something serious to happen. Likewise at the opposite end of a station Road the junction outside of the Thornhill Arms is controlled in the same way and I have also witnessed similar instances there. Please could this be looked at as a matter of urgency as it’s literally an accident waiting to happen. I for one would seek legal recourse if I was hit by a car not properly observing the control.

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    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 20:42, Tue 3 November 2020

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor Service with regard to your concerns about the junction of Station Road / Manor Road, Rushton. The junction has been inspected and our maintenance team have been instructed to refurbish the worn road markings, both at the junction itself and on the approach to the junction. We have also asked for some additional “SLOW” road markings to be installed alongside the warning signs just prior to the bridge . Although there is already an advance “Give way” warning sign, with associated distance plate, on the approach to the junction this gets somewhat lost amongst the vegetation so were proposing to replace this with a yellow backed “high visibility” type warning sign. At the junction itself there is the requisite “Give way” sign but this partially obscured by the bridge, however this has to be located within a certain distance of the give way line, so is in the appropriate position. We will however also arrange for this sign face to be replaced with a yellow backed “high visibility” sign to make it more evident to approaching drivers. The Department for Transport have strict criteria that a Highway Authority has to comply with before a “Stop” sign / line can be introduced at a junction and each individual site has to be authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport in writing before permission is granted to erect such a sign. The “Stop” marking can only be used where visibility is so restricted, and all other engineering options have been exhausted to improve the view for drivers, that it is essential for drivers to stop before entering the major road. A “Stop” sign will only be respected if drivers can see the need for it and introducing them at locations that didn’t meet the criteria would lead to disrespect of the sign at other locations where it is essential for a driver to stop. The criteria for the ‘Stop’ sign is used where visibility is severely restricted at a point where the driver has to emerge out of the junction rather than for general visibility on the approach to the junction. From this point the DfT criteria stipulates that ‘Stop’ signs can only be introduced (in a 30mph limit) where visibility from the side road along the ‘major’ road is less than 30 metres from a point 3.5m back from the edge of the ‘major’ road. The visibility at this junction is considerably in excess of the requirements for the introduction of “Stop” signing. The junction by the Thornhill Arms was also inspected and the roadmarkings here are in very good order so it should be clear to drivers the priority at this junction. The “Give way” sign is also clearly visible, although we’ll also arrange for this to be upgraded to a yellow backed “high visibility” sign as well to ensure that it is conspicuous at night. Thank you for your comments.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 17:26, Mon 9 November 2020

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Northamptonshire County Council at 17:26, Mon 9 November 2020

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