Major boost to road safety at blackspot outside Messingham
An accident black spot has seen such an improvement in safety it is now expected to drop out of the local authority's speed management strategy.
Catchwater Crossroads, on the outskirts of Messingham, is a notorious hotspot for speeding motorists.
Nearly 30 serious accidents have occurred on the road since 1997, including one which led to the death of a pedestrian in 2006.
In February, traffic lights were installed as part of a £90,000 safety project by North Lincolnshire Council to combat dangerous driving.
Trevor Foster, North Lincolnshire ward councillor for the Ridge area, said: "The traffic lights have totally transformed the situation at Catchwater Crossroads. We have taken all of the hazard out of the situation and made it a very safe environment."
Wilf Wilson, 74, has lived on Egton Avenue in Messingham for 10 years.
He said: "The lights have made a massive difference.
"The crossroads were a big hazard before, with people travelling far too fast through them. Since the speed limit was reduced and the traffic lights were put up there has been a 100 per cent improvement."
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: "Most vehicles are travelling through the crossroads between 35 and 40mph, followed by those travelling 30-35mph, and then those travelling 40-45mph.
"These are very good results and I would expect Catchwater Crossroads to drop out of the 2013-14 speed management strategy if these results keep up."
In 2008/09, the junction was listed as the number one priority in the speed management strategy, with 12 personal injury collisions reported within the previous three years.
The following year, it was number three and in 2010/11 it was split into south side and north side figures.
This year, the south-side is down to number 16 with three personal injury collisions in the previous three years. The north side has dropped to number 25, also with three personal injury collisions.
Council figures show 1,889 vehicles per day travel towards the crossroads from the direction of Scotter at an average speed of 35mph and an average of 2,518 vehicles travel from the Scunthorpe direction per day at an average speed of 36mph.
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