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INNOVATIVE THINKING AND LEADERSHIP KEY TO IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY
By Rob McCartney

In this article, the Chartered Institution of
Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Road
Safety Panel shares several highlights of
efforts to improve road safety in the United
Kingdom (UK). The CIHT Awards helps to
showcase achievements every year, through
the John Smart Road Safety Award.
Successful schemes are, we have noticed,
often built on the concept of innovation;
that either look at a problem from another
perspective or use new technology. They
also tend to be led by enthusiastic professionals with a strong drive to improve safety.
The winner of the 2017 John Smart Road
Safety Award was for a scheme by Transport
for London known as "Roadworks Patrol."
Transport for London's Michael Barratt has
pioneered the initiative, which sees many
different stakeholders gather to walk and
cycle through roadworks near development

Transport Scotland

Rob McCartney, Chair of the CIHT
Road Safety Panel, welcomes industry
innovation with new ideas and technology to improve safety on the roads,
but says there is a need for strong
leadership too.

Intelligent road studs encourage motorists to stay within their lane.

sites on a regular basis to help identify ways
to improve safety for vulnerable road users.
Stakeholders invited to consider the safety of
temporary traffic management include local
residents' groups, the police, developers,
contractors, logistics companies, the London
Cycling Campaign, utility companies, sustainable transport promoter Sustrans and
cycling instructors. The Roadworks Patrol
identifies potential risks and plans mitigation
in advance of any conflict in a collaborative
and inclusive working group approach, with
the aim of improving traffic management to
keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.   

Transport Scotland

The scheme is now widely recognized as
good practice and is being extended across
many London borough development areas.
The judges of the Award liked the Roadworks
Patrol as it is an innovation in road safety
development that enables developers with
worksites to view their traffic management
from all road users' perspectives, and not
just drivers.

The A9 Safety Group is developing an overall
safety strategy for the A9 road in Scotland.
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The previous year, the Award was won by a
scheme near Edinburgh, on the A720 Sheriffhall Roundabout, which introduced "lane
transgression mitigation" using "intelligent"
road studs, powered using LEDs. The aim of
the project was to reduce the number of lane
transgressions at the roundabout, thereby

reducing conflicts and collision risk. The new
road studs guide drivers through a notoriously complex, six-arm roundabout, which
over the previous 10 years had the highest
number of collisions of any roundabout on
the Scottish Trunk Road Network.
Analysis suggested the failure of drivers to
react to the complexity of the lane markings
was one of the main causes of collisions. However, the challenge facing the design team
was that all traditional forms of lane discipline
information had been exhausted. The intelligent road studs encourage motorists to stay
within their lane by drawing drivers' attention
to the delineation of the existing markings
that guide them through the roundabout. To
ensure that only the appropriate traffic movements receive the guidance, illumination of
the studs is coordinated with the corresponding green traffic signal.
Independent research conducted at the
roundabout has shown a reduction in lane
transgressions of up to 60 percent. There
was a downward trend in collisions after
implementation and consideration is being
given to its use at further sites on the Scottish Trunk Road Network. This project also
demonstrated the benefits of working collaboratively; drawing together Transport
Scotland, Clearview Intelligence, BEAR Scotland, Amey and Edinburgh Napier University.



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