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Experts set to review road safety on stretch of A60 near Ravenshead

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A stretch of road in Ravenshead is to be included in a new road safety review commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council following a number of accidents in the area.  

The council has commissioned a detailed road safety review of a two mile section of the A60, south of Mansfield.
The road includes entrances to and exits from the Harlow Wood housing development, in addition to both Portland College and Fountaindale School. It is used by a large number of people with disabilities.

Safety experts from Via East Midlands, which manages highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, will examine the circumstances of all injury accidents on a stretch of the road from Larch Farm crossroads in Ravenshead to the A611 junction, near to Vision West Notts College for the last three years.

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The review will include a meeting next week with local stakeholders, including MPs, councillors and representatives from local schools and colleges.

Issues covered as part of the review will include signage, crossing facilities, sight lines, road markings and speed limits.

Councillor Kevin Greaves, chairman of Transport and Highways Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Despite its relatively rural location, this section of the A60 is unique because of its hilly nature and the three large educational establishments in the immediate vicinity, two of which are for people with disabilities.

“The review will include an audit of existing safety measures and crossings on the road and an assessment of the accidents resulting in injury over the last three years from police data, to establish if there are any recurring themes.

“The local MP and councillors have also been gathering the experiences of local residents who use the road which, together with the input of representatives from Fountaindale School and Portland College, will play an important role by flagging up specific problems they face.

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“Once we’ve gathered all this information together, we’ll assess the outcome and bring forward some new safety measures.”

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