New safety measures at Surrey junction removed after crashes

New road safety measures installed at a junction in Surrey have been removed following a number of crashes.

Wooden panels were put up at Reigate Hill junction, between Wray Lane and the A217, to help reduce accidents.

They were to restrict the view of motorists, forcing them to stop before crossing the lane of traffic.

However, after several crashes, Surrey County Council and Surrey Police have decided they should be taken down.

Six crashes occurred at the junction within three weeks of the panels being installed.

Not 'desired effect'

Duncan Knox, road safety team manager at Surrey County Council, said: "We are aware of a number of complaints and collisions at this site since the fences went up.

"We always monitor the effect of any safety improvements that we install."

At first the council and police road safety teams thought the collisions could be happening due to nearby roadworks, but the crashes continued after the works had been removed.

"At that point we said, 'well OK, the fence isn't having the desired effect'," said Mr Knox.

"We will always act upon the best evidence we have at the time and we moved very quickly to remove the fence.

"It's back to the drawing board I'm afraid."

Mr Knox said that 27 collisions had occurred at the junction over the past three years.

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