Department for Transport (DfT) Funding
Safer Roads Fund
In November 2016, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a new Safer Roads Fund of £175m which covers the four financial years 2017/18 - 2020/21. The Fund is specifically targeted at delivering road upgrades and improvements to reduce the number and severity of fatal and serious injury collisions on the 50 highest risk road sections, based on the Road Safety Foundation's analysis.
The County Council, in partnership with Rotherham MBC, has submitted a Safer Roads Fund bid for funding to deliver road safety improvements along the A634 between its junctions with the A631 (Maltby) and the A1 (Blyth).
The Bid includes a number of engineering measures to address specific accident risks identified through the Road Safety Foundation's analysis. The measures included in the Bid are therefore based on the iRAP and ViDA road safety software assessments, as well as additional measures where these were felt to be more appropriate or practicable, based on local knowledge and assessment by experienced road safety engineers employed by the two highway authorities.
The proposed measures include:
- roadside barriers
- shoulder widening
- skid resistance upgrades
- shoulder rumble strips
- removal of roadside hazards
- lowering of speed limits
- installation of traffic signals, and
- central hatching.
The Department for Transport aims to make decisions on the outcome of Safer Roads Fund bids in the Summer 2017; and if the Bid is successful the improvements will be delivered during 2017/18 and 2018/19.