Exclusive: Danger road A6 to be narrowed

One of a number of car accidents on the A6 this year
One of a number of car accidents on the A6 this year

The A6 is to be made safer after a spate of serious accidents.

Speed surveys, lane narrowing work and road re-surfacing are to be carried out on different stretches of the carriageway in a bid to address some of the causes of accidents there.

Northamptonshire Highways road safety manager John Spencer revealed the plans exclusively to the Telegraph this week.

He said officers would initially be carrying out speed survey work.

He added: “We will be looking at reducing the speed limit there, but we have to do the surveys first.

“Before the limit can be changed we would have to do a traffic regulation order, and we’d have to go through a consultation process.”

Mr Spencer said other changes being considered include narrowing the lane in the straight section of the A6 between Higham Road and the roundabout junction with Cranford Road by creating a wide central hatched area in red.

He added: “This is a tried and tested intervention.

“With the hatching, we have started the planning process already.

“We will have to do road closures and traffic management to carry out the work.

“We are also going to resurface the bends which will ensure there is maximum grip around those areas.”

The news about the A6 comes as Northamptonshire Police have revealed that the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads this year has fallen by 37 per cent compared to last year.

Supt Andy Cox, head of force operations, said the reduction, 13 deaths in the first half of the year compared to 21 in the same period last year, and 57 people killed or seriously injured in the first half of 2013 compared to 91 in the same period in 2012, was down to a number of initiatives.

He added: “Earlier this year we targeted motorists who were driving without insurance, and seized more vehicles in just a couple of months than we did during the whole of 2012.

“The theory was that people who choose to drive without insurance are doing so for other reasons – sometimes because insurance is too expensive for them because they are dangerous drivers who have had accidents or driving convictions.”

Supt Cox said he believed another reason for our safer roads was the 20,000 speeding convictions handed out last year.

He added: “Many of those people will have now been on speed awareness courses and we believe that for about two years after that course your perception of driving is different.”