Road too dangerous
ON March 19, you reported on the inquest into the death of a motorcyclist six months previously as a consequence of a defective road surface that was so dangerous that, from the date of the collision, police motorcyclists have been forbidden from using it
ON March 19, you reported on the inquest into the death of a motorcyclist six months previously as a consequence of a defective road surface that was so dangerous that, from the date of the collision, police motorcyclists have been forbidden from using it.
I assume the police informed the highway authority of the circumstances, but no attempt has been made to rectify the situation.
The police state that the highway authority will merely monitor it for the time being. This suggests they are waiting for someone else to be killed or injured, which is nothing short of outrageous. Surely they have a duty of care to the public.
I am aware that this road should have a yearly safety inspection, although in my experience this is not always carried out.
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In the following issue (March 26) you featured a danger-awareness course for motorcyclists, to increase perception of hazards that face them on the roads. Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the county council's road safety team are involved.
The road safety officer for the council says the course will increase awareness of dangers on the road. I assume emphasis will be placed on Raveley Road.
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The notorious Forty Foot road suffered subsidence some weeks ago, and the road was closed. It is no open, and the subsidence is governed by traffic lights. There appears to have been no attempt to address the problem directly, but the road on the Chatteris side of the lights now has a 30mph speed limit for its entire length, while the other half approaching from Ramsey still has a 50mph limit up to the lights. It is difficult to see the logic of this.