A BUSY road junction which has seen 11 accidents over the past five and half years – three of them serious – is to have traffic lights installed.
The junction of the A614 with the B6034, north of Rufford Abbey – commonly known as the Rose Cottage junction – was identified as a problem site by Notts County Council’s accident investigation unit in 2008.
In addition to the high rate of accidents at the junction, traffic attempting to join the A614 from the B6034 side road also suffers substantial delays.
On average it takes more than two minutes to get out of the B6034 during the morning peak.
The county council is to spend around £300,000 improving the junction by installing traffic lights.
Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the county council’s transport and highways committee, said the authority had been keen to signalise the junction for ‘some time’.
“The A614 is a major route into Nottingham from the north of the county and as such carries high volumes of traffic, especially during the morning and evening rush hours,” he said.
“The upgrade to the junction should drastically reduce the number of accidents at this particular location, as well as helping to improve traffic flow and ease frustration for motorists trying to join the A614 from the side road.”
Work is expected to begin at the junction on Tuesday 16th October and is scheduled to be completed by mid-February.
It will be necessary to close the B6034 for the duration of the works but access will be maintained to Center Parcs and the residential properties on the B road at all times.
Works on the A614 will be carried out each day between 9am and 3.30pm on weekdays under a lane closure controlled by temporary two-way traffic signals.
Work will be suspended on 21st December in order to minimise disruption over the Christmas and New Year period and will restart after the New Year, no later than 7th January 2013.
Access to Rufford Abbey Country Park is unaffected by the road works and all events being held there will continue as planned.