A row has broken out about the installation of new crash barriers in West Swindon where roads go over culverts and underpasses.
Mike Jarvis from Nine Elms has accused Swindon Council of wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on the replacement of the 25 year old metal armco barriers whilst potholes proliferate. He said, “having taken the commendable decision to shut down fixed speed cameras with the promise to spend the money on more effective safety schemes, I am seriously concerned about taxpayers’ money spent on replacing crash barriers in locations where the risk of vehicles coming off the road must be infinitesimal
However a council spokesman said the cost of £14,000 per site was necessary to replace defective and substandard safety barriers at subway and culvert sites. He said they are an essential safety provision to prevent errant vehicles leaving the carriageway from causing serious injury or death of vehicle occupants or pedestrian users of subways.
In the last three years there have been 132 recorded accidents within Swindon where vehicles left the carriageway.
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