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Barrier grief

LETTERS

I would like to correct the information conveyed in DC Willatts's letter headed 'Missing barrier poses collision risk' (NCE 28 February).

The Raglan to Abergavenny length of the A40 was constructed in the early 1980s, opened I believe in 1982, before the publication of TD19. There has never been any form of vehicle restraint system on the central reserve other than around local obstructions. To state that a barrier was removed and not replaced some two or three years ago is simply not true!

However I am sure that he, and other NCE readers, will be pleased to know that a tensioned corrugated beam safety fence - not a barrier - is currently being erected on the central reserve along the whole length of this duel carriageway.

The issue of protecting the railway from errant motor vehicles will no doubt be picked up at a later date when the national picture is considered following the recent Health & Safety Executive and Highways Agency reports.

AT Morgan, training/safety officer, Monmouthshire County Council, Raglan, Training Centre, Station Road, Raglan, Monmouthshire, NP15 2ER

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