Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Rethink and re-route

Letters to the editor

I agree with the basic view of John Marriott's letter (NCE 21 January) but for different reasons.

What is suitable for entry slip roads to motorways is not suitable for all-purpose roads. Last February, international racing cyclist and civil engineer Peter Longbottom was killed on the A64 near Grimston Bar, York, where there is a two-lane entry slip road onto the trunk road. He was travelling on the main carriageway and was hit from behind by a motor vehicle coming from the slip road. The coroner considered the layout to be unsuitable for pedal cyclists.

Engineers should rethink from basic considerations the layout of all- purpose roads, particularly at such locations. Pedestrians, horse riders and pedal cyclists have a right to travel in safety on all highways. Major accident causes are speed differentials, injudicious overtaking, and leaving slip roads without anticipating the approach of other vehicles. The long-term solutions are either to provide an alternative safe route for non-motorists or not use such a layout.

In the short-term coning off entry slip roads to single lanes and enforcing lower speed limits on the main and slip roads are required. There are a considerable number of pedal cycle fatalities at such locations and a national not just a local solution is needed.

K Briggs (M), 11 Ryedale Close, Helmsley, York, YO62 5HR

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.