Safelane was a good deterrent

A1 Coalhouse to Metro Centre  (A1CH2MC)

Balfour Beatty were the main contractor to widen the A1 western bypass from junctions 67-71. The task in hand was to increase the size of the roads from two lanes to three, with the addition of two distributor roads between junctions 68 and 69.

Prior to A1CH2MC project commencing, Safelane’s requirements were discussed with Highway Resource Solutions. A layout was then agreed and  utilised on site. The added site safety was instigated due to a vehicle incursion which occurred on 14th February 2015, when a vehicle accessed a works site at speed, and  proceeded to travel down the length of the closed carriageway whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The system was installed when the carriageway had been closed, the system was used at all carriageway closure locations and additional equipment was supplied by HRS which provided arm mounted panic alarms for the gate marshals. The carriageway closure locations changed  regularly, the equipment supplied was easy to   assemble and deploy through the work site and similarly easy to collect when the work site was clear.

The equipment had a positive effect with the work force allowing contact to be made over the length of the closed section of carriageway at short notice.

On a number of occasions, the alarms were triggered by vehicles attempting to enter the site, once the alarm sounded, the flashing light was triggered and this then deterred the vehicle from accessing the site.

The work force found the equipment effective and easy to use.

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