Progress made on Trafalgar Avenue Blackspot.

Progress made on Trafalgar Avenue Blackspot.

 

Milton Keynes Council has started to address the long standing problem of the Trafalgar Avenue / A421 junction accident blackspot.

 

The Council wrote to Cllr Mick Legg on the 28 November : Thank you for your e-mail regarding the junction of Standing Way (H8) and Trafalgar Ave , which has been passed to me as the Road Safety Team Leader.

 

A search of the Personal Injury Collisions (PIC’s) database for this junction shows that, including the two most recent incidents, there has been eight PIC’s at this junction in the last 5 years. Analysis of the eight incidents shows that seven have involved a right-turn-in from H8 to Trafalgar Ave. and one has involved a left-turn-out of Trafalgar Ave. I have been to the junction with the Senior Road Safety Engineer and the Traffic Management Officer from Thames Valley Police (TVP). From the analysis of the PIC data and site observations both TVP and the Road Safety Team recommend that the gap in the central reserve should be closed.

 

Currently we are seeking costs for the highway works for the closure. The prohibition of turning (from H8 into Trafalgar Ave ) will however require a Traffic Regulation Order and any works carried out on the highway will require us to give three months notice under the NRSWA.”

 

On 29 November the Cllr Mick Legg, with a resident who has been involved  for some years met Council officers to discuss the best solution.

 

Cllr Legg said, “I am working closely with the City Council. They are being very helpful and supportive. We are a long way forward but more needs to be done.”

 

 He added: “We need to continue consultation with residents on other options including:

 

  • Speed analysis data and possible restrictions
  • Changes to junction layout.
  • Improved signage.
  • Work o cut back vegetation to improve visibility.”

 

Cllr Legg concluded, “This problem has been going on for too long. I am grateful for the help of Milton Keynes Council; I think we can make progress. I will keep residents updated.”