High time A610 issues get sorted

In the July 26 edition of the Eastwood Advertiser, there was an article relating to an accident near to B&Q where the slip road for traffic going in the Ripley direction joins the A610.

Steve Brunt had suggested that barriers needed placing on the main carriageway there, but Nottinghamshire County Council stated that ‘installing a central reservation was not something they would do on a single carriageway road’.

That response, together with matters that are evident at the site, raise issues which need addressing by carrying out work properly and not by relying on the services of excuse authors.

The author of that county council statement clearly does not know what they are talking about, as there already is a central reservation on the A610 at that point.

More seriously – although the ‘give way’ markings (double dashed white lines) – have now been re-painted, there is a catalogue of irregularities and statutory non-compliance with the signage and road markings where that slip road merges with the main carriageway, and in the vicinity.

To start with, the relevant regulations stipulate that where there are ‘give way’ signs, there must be the double dashed lines mentioned above, but there must also be a white ‘give way’ triangle painted on the road.

There was not one before, and even after re-painting it is still missing.

What is actually there appears to be a white ‘turn left’ arrow with the lettering missing.

Secondly, if a give way sign is within 50m of a street light forming part of a street lighting system, it must be equipped with its own lighting.

There are two give way signs at this junction, both of which should have their own lighting and only one of them is so equipped.

Thirdly, there are the remains of a street light on this central reservation which was demolished in a previous collision some time ago which has not been replaced.

Fourthly, the ‘keep left’ bollards at each end of the central reservation are missing, also having apparently been demolished in accidents.

The one at the western end (which is currently lying on the roadside verge) is different to the one in the 2008 Street View image (which had a larger ‘keep left’ sign, presumably because of the speed limit along there) and so this appears to be some sort of recurrent issue.

There are also various other traffic signs along that stretch of the A610 to IKEA, which the law requires are lit but which are not even equipped with lighting.

Also, on that slip road, there are three gullies that are silted right up to the surface grating with considerable growth of vegetation in them.

That results in gullies further down being potentially overloaded in heavy rain and possibly adding further risks to an already hazard-ridden junction.

These issues are statutory duties and obligations and not statutory discretions. It is about time they were approached properly.

John Rogers

Regent Street,

Kimberley