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Safety Scheme Aims to Reduce Deaths on the A61

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership via its Safety Camera Unit is now undertaking work for a major new safety initiative aimed at tackling the high level of casualties on a notorious stretch of road which runs through parts of Sheffield and Barnsley.
 

Statistics

The A61, running between Grenoside, Sheffield and the A616 (T) roundabout in Barnsley, has experienced a total of six fatalities and 19 serious injuries in the last five years. A further 93 people have suffered from slight injuries as a result of collisions on the road.

  2007 - 2011
Number of fatalities 6
Number of serious injuries 19
Number of slight injuries 93
Total 118


Reducing the number of collisions on the A61

In order to address this problem  a new speed controlled zone is being created using a series of average speed cameras to control vehicle speeds on the 5.5km stretch of road. The section of the A61 to be covered by the cameras includes a series of  bends through Grenoside Woods and major road junctions which have experienced collisions in the past.

Based upon data provided by the Department for Transport in their report ‘A Valuation of Road Accidents and Casualties in GB in 2010’, the current average costs to society as a result of these collisions is in excess of £2.8million per year.
 
A sample of the types of cameras to be installed. A total of eight cameras (four facing in each direction) will be installed along the 5.5km route.




Once the cameras are operational the route will be clearly signed in accordance with guidelines set by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Department for Transport (DfT).



 

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