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Published: Wednesday, 01st December 2021

Work Oldham Council carried out to a major gateway into the borough has been recognised as part of an international road safety award.

Work Oldham Council carried out to a major gateway into the borough has been recognised as part of an international road safety award.

Four years ago the local authority led on a successful joint bid with Tameside Council for funding to implement improved safety measures on the A670 (Standedge to Mossley).

The A670 was recognised as an issue for drivers who experienced multiple speed limits and a variety of challenging driving environments, ranging from rural countryside to urban village centres. 

In total £962,000 from the Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund was allocated for the project.

The improvements included:

  • Provision of and enhancement of pedestrian crossing facilities at various locations along the route (Dobcross - Sugar Lane and Limekiln Café, through Uppermill and Greenfield);
  • Junction improvements at Dobcross (Sugar Lane) and Greenfield (Chapel Road);
  • Vehicle restraint barrier installed on a high-speed rural section;
  • Resurfacing carried out and high-friction surfacing installed at key locations;
  • Reduction of national speed limit to 50mph on a rural section;
  • Extension of 30mph speed limit north of Huddersfield Road (approach to new Saddleworth School);
  • Warning signs at sharp bends.

Prior to the works there had been 146 accidents in 20 years, 29 of these resulted in serious injury, and 2 were fatal.

In the last 20 years the number of collisions across the borough has reduced from 900 to 200.  

The work has now been completed and the efforts of Oldham and Tameside, from developing the schemes in the first place through to the implementation have now been recognised, alongside other locations, with a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

The awards recognise achievements and innovations which will improve road safety.

Established by HRH Prince Michael of Kent in 1987 and organised by RoadSafe, each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The A670 is one of our busiest routes so it’s vital that it’s as safe as possible for all road users.

“It’s great to receive this award, which is down to the hard work of officers.

“The council is also continuing to invest and improve roads across the borough as we want to get the basics right and ensure that they are safe and are in a good condition for pedestrians and drivers to use.”

“Please ensure you act responsibly and considerately when using our roads.”

For more information about the schemes visit www.roadsafetyawards.com

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