Road to be given top safety award for improvements

TRANSPORT for Buckinghamshire is to be presented with a prestigious road safety award after the A4128 was recognised as the most improved road in the country.

The road from Great Missenden to High Wycombe was nominated by the Road Safety Foundation for the Prince Michael Award for its improvement in road safety and reduction in the number of casualties.

Between 2004-2006 and 2007-2009, the number of fatal and serious collisions on the road dropped from 19 to two – a fall of 89 per cent.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for planning and transport, Peter Hardy, said: “Over the years this route has sadly seen a number of people lose their lives or be injured in road traffic collisions.

“In order to create a safer environment and to try and prevent the further tragic loss of lives we introduced some innovative solutions,” he added.

Special road markings and ‘intelligent’ road studs were some of the measures undertaken by the council after poor visibility and wet conditions were identified as the main cause of serious accidents.