§ Mr. Clifton-Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what accidents have taken place in the last 10 years on the A419 between(a) Cirencester and Swindon and (b) Cirencester and Nettleton Bottom due to crossover accidents; and what plans he has to review the types of central reservation.429W
§ Mr. Jamieson
I have asked the chief executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Archie Robertson, to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Archie Robertson to Mr. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown dated 9 December 2003:
I have been asked by David Jamieson to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about cross-over accidents on the A419 between Cirencester and Swindon and Cirencester and Nettleton Bottom.
On the A419 between Cirencester and Swindon, three crossover accidents occurred between April 1996 and September 2003. There were no such accidents on the Cirencester to Nettleton Bottom section of the road during the same period.
One of these accidents was on a section of road which, due to design constraints, is without central reserve safety fencing. An improvement to the route at this location is included in the Government's Targeted Programme of Improvements. A second accident occurred on the section of the road through Cricklade where, at the time of the accident, there was no safety fencing in place. However, the Agency has recently completed an improvement scheme which included the provision of safety fencing at this location. The third, and most recent accident occurred at a location with safety fencing. We are investigating and reviewing the causes.