Reducing road accidents

ANGUS Council’s road safety measures continue to be effective in reducing the number of accidents on the county’s roads network.

During 2010/11 road safety improvement works consisting mainly of improved signing, road markings and surface treatments, were carried out at 23 accident cluster sites.

An accident cluster site is defined as a site where there have been three injury accidents in a three year period.

The greatest reduction in accidents in recent years is recorded on the A933 Arbroath to Brechin road at Greenlaw Bends.

During the three years 2006-08 there were 12 personal injury accidents, the highest number on Angus’ rural roads.

The road was realigned in 2009 and since then there has been one personal injury accident.

Speaking after last week’s infrastructure services committee where a programme update was considered, committee convener Councillor David May said: “This continued improvement in accident figures is very welcome.

“The most recent figures show that 21 of the 40 previously identified cluster sites now have less than three recorded personal injury accidents and the accidents at the majority of the other 19 sites happened within the past three years but before the improvement work was done.”