Telegraph opinion: Quick action to tackle safety issues

Action is to be taken to try to prevent the high number of accidents on the A6 at Burton Latimer
Action is to be taken to try to prevent the high number of accidents on the A6 at Burton Latimer

It is incredibly sad that lives have had to be lost, but let’s give some credit where credit is due.

Road bosses in the county promised action to tackle the continued problems and growing number of accidents on the A6 between Finedon and Burton Latimer, and they appear to be delivering on that promise.

Northampton highways road safety manager John Spencer described the plans to improve safety as a “major intervention”.

It is the speed with which this work has been done that is most heartening.

Far too often the wheels of local and national government move so slowly that decisions often take months, if not years, to take.

In this particular instance, speed is most definitely of the essence.

So, we can expect to see a reduced speed limit, narrowing of the road and some kind of central hatched area to discourage overtaking on the long, straight stretch of road where so many accidents and near misses have happened over the years.

Of course, road safety measures alone will not stop accidents happening.

Drivers need to stick to the limits and drive appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, but this is a start.

When lives are at stake action needs to be taken quickly, and we applaud the raod safety team for their swift action in dealing with this issue.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT