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Safety chicane installed to cut crossroads accidents

Safety chicane installed to cut crossroads accidents

A temporary chicane is being created at a dangerous Tadcaster junction in a bid to drive down the number of accidents.

North Yorkshire County Council is acting in response to four collisions resulting in personal injury near the crossroads between Toulston Lane and Rudgate since November 2014. Thankfully none of the incidents resulted in fatalities.

From today, a speed-reducing chicane will be installed on Toulston Lane as highways officers look to test the effectiveness of the measure. The temporary chicane, which will be created using water-filled barriers, will be in place for at least six weeks. 

The County Council’s Executive Member for Transport, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said, “The idea is to reduce traffic speeds to make things safer at this junction. Its effectiveness will be monitored and if successful it will be followed by permanent measures.

“The temporary arrangement should cater for all traffic, but the purpose of the trial is to ensure the spacing of the build-outs forming the chicane is suitable for this location.’’