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Road safety engineering

We review collisions involving injury to a person on an annual basis. This review enables us to target those areas of the highway where road safety funds will be most effective in reducing overall casualties.

Current road safety scheme questionnaires

Wednesbury Road and Bentley Lane have recently been assessed and have been designated as a poor performing routes for road casualties.  Proposed road safety schemes have been designed to reduce these casualties and we would like your comments.

Please submit your comments by 31 October 2021. If you need any further information or more detail regarding the proposed schemes, email the road safety team.

Proposed road safety scheme for Wednesbury Road

You can download the plan for Wednesbury Road and comment below:

Download list

Comment on the Wednesbury Road proposals

Proposed road safety scheme for Bentley Lane

You can download the plans for Bentley Lane and comment below:

Download list

Comment on the Bentley Lane proposals

Road safety requests

The Traffic Safety and Operation Team deal with requests regarding traffic calming, road traffic accidents, poor visibility, and lack of pedestrian facilities such as crossings. If you wish to raise a concern, email the road safety team.

All the concerns raised are investigated by reviewing the accident history, speed data and other significant factors such as proximity to schools or shops etc. Once the concerns have been assessed, they are then ranked in terms of priority and by whether they qualify for further measures. Each request will then fall in to one of the following categories which forms part of the work programme:

Work programmes

Category

Criteria

VASS (Vehicle

Activated Signs)

Studies show that when drivers reduce speed, collisions are less likely and if there are collisions, at lower speeds there will be less serious injury. This is particularly true for vulnerable road users i.e. children and older people.

Vehicle Activated Speed Signs (VASS) can be deployed to address  concerns with speeding traffic by serving to remind motorists of the prevailing speed limit.

VASS can be used where a site does not qualify for physical measures but speed data shows that vehicles are travelling above the posted speed limit.

SRR (Safety Related
Requests)

Requests that are received regarding minor road safety issues are resolved under the Safety Related Requests (SRR) programme.

Under the SRR programme small scale works are undertaken such as erecting road signs to warn of hazards or making minor changes to road markings. These works are often focused on a specific location such as a bend or junction and are designed to resolve local, isolated problems.

Each request is investigated by an Engineer and if required the appropriate works are carried out.                  

LSS (Local Safety Scheme)

The development of a Local Safety Scheme programme ensures that Walsall Council complies with the road safety duties detailed in the Highways Act 1980.

Local Safety Schemes sites should have a minimum of six personal injury collisions in the previous three years to be included in the programme. Schemes that fail to meet this criteria are considered under the Promotion of Community Health & Safety programme.

Using the scheme estimated costs the First Year Rate of Return (FYRR) can be calculated and schemes prioritised on this basis.

2017/18 final programme (PDF 30KB)

Community H&S (Community Health & Safety)

Where schemes meet the following criteria they should be considered under the Promotion of Community Health & Safety.

Where the collision history identifies less than 6 personal injury collisions in three years;

Where the First Year Rate of Return is less than 100%;

All sites considered for the Community Health & Safety programme are considered against the following criteria:

Length and width of road to be treated;

Number of properties directly and indirectly affected;

Collisions

Amenities (School, Shops, Open spaces)

Cost per property

First Year Rate of Return when points are equal;

 

2017/18 Community Health & Safety Programme (PDF 30KB)

SRTS (Safer Route to School)

As part of the AStars programme, action plans are produced by the schools and can include a variety of different schemes to support their modal shift targets. These schemes fall under the Safer Routes to School programme.

Initial assessment is based on the schools needs for a scheme, such as number of accidents around the school.

Secondary assessment is based on how active the school promotes road safety and sustainable travel, such as cycle training, pedestrian training and if a scheme links to existing infrastructure.

2017/18 SRTS final Programme (30KB)

MEW (Measures to Encourage Walking)

There are a number of crossing facilities that are available to assist pedestrians and cyclists when crossing a road. The criteria laid down in this procedure will consider the following at-grade facilities:

Pedestrian refuge islands / nartrings etc – these are more traditional traffic management measures introduced to assist the crossing movement of pedestrians without the requirement for an approaching vehicle to stop.

Zebra Crossings – A controlled crossing facility ideal when pedestrian and/or traffic volumes are relatively low.

Toucan Crossings – A signal controlled facility that provides pedestrians and cyclists with a shared crossing area.

Puffin Crossings – The standard push button signal controlled facility provided for pedestrians.

Pegasus Crossings – A signal controlled facility that provides pedestrians/cyclists and equestrian riders with a segregated crossing area.

All requests for a crossing facility are assessed under the Measures to Encourage Walking programme against the following criteria:

Degree of conflict between pedestrians and vehicles, Pedestrian collisions, Volumes of pedestrians, First Year Rate of Return, Public Amenities, Schools, open spaces and Whether there is an existing facility

2017/18 MEW Programme (30KB)

MEC (Measures to Encourage Cycling)

Where schemes meet the following criteria they should be considered under the Measures to Encourage Cycling programme.

The assessment criteria is based around the following factors with each factor scoring a maximum of 10pts.

Partner funding

Cycle flows (existing usage)

Contribution to Cycling Strategy

Extension to existing cycle network (National or Local)

Contributes to other road safety priorities

The two other factors used in the assessment process include:

Cycle collisions

Cost benefit

2017/18 MEC Programme (30KB)

Collision statistics

Accident statistics for the West Midlands are available on request from Mott Macdonald. Email spectrum@mottmac.com or call 0121 2341680.