Councillor under fire over barrier repair delays

Councillor under fire over barrier repair delays

By Adele Forrest | 05/03/2021

Councillor under fire over barrier repair delays

 

A MOTORIST has criticised Rotherham Council over delays in fixing crash barriers on a “dangerous, twisty road”.

William Hall (73), of Langold, said he had first complained about the flattened crash barriers — damaged by a lorry — on the A634 between Maltby and Oldcotes in October.

“There are a lot of cyclists on that road,” said Bill. “I wouldn’t say that the road is busy but it’s twisty and very dangerous.

“I use the road a lot and cars speed on it. It’s a 50mph and some of these bends should be taken at 40mph at most.”

Mr Hall said the council had placed cones on top of the flattened barriers (pictured), which had now also been flattened by vehicles.

The motorist said he was unhappy at the length of time it had taken the council to respond to the problem.

Tom Smith, the council’s assistant director for community safety and street scene, said: “The council received a report that the barrier on the A634 between Maltby and Oldcotes had been damaged towards the Nottinghamshire boundary in August 2020.

“The barrier was inspected, and the area was made safe.  

“A further report in December 2020 stated that the barrier had deteriorated following a further incident and this was again attended to with cones placed in the area.

“The barrier was identified as needing renewal and has been included in a wider programme of repair and replacement of barriers across the borough to be delivered in early 2021.  

“The council’s highway services is responsible for making sure any reported damage is made safe until permanent repairs can be carried out.

“The renewal and replacement of crash barriers is carried out by specialist contractors and these particular works are scheduled to be completed by April.”

The response time for attendance to damaged highway equipment is one hour for emergencies and attendance within three days for assessment.   

Council highway services are responsible for making sure any reported damage is made safe until permanent repairs can be carried out and repairs are contracted out to specialist contractors.

Responding to the council’s statement, Mr Hall said he was unsure how the cones had made the area “safe”.

He added: “Do they mean April this year [for repair work]? I won’t hold my breath.”




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