COUNCILLORS have welcomed the news that traffic lights are set to be installed at the junction of the A614 and Rufford Road.
Both parish and district councillors have been calling for lights to be placed at the busy junction, next to the Rose Cottage pub, which is one of the major entrances and exits to Edwinstowe, for several years.
Edwinstowe Parish Council vice-chairman John Peck said the lights are a big step forward but believes more road safety measures are still required across the district.
“It’s a really hazardous junction to negotiate, particularly at peak times and it’s a really hazardous junction to negotiate, particularly at peak times,” he said.
“It’s also the major route in to Center Parcs which only adds to the problems.
“There have been significant recent safety improvements to the A614 and local roads, where there have been far too many fatal accidents, but there is still unfinished business.”
“We urgently need the upgrade to the A614 Ollerton roundabout. I understand the financial situation but I’ve written to the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Kay Cutts, asking for a firm commencement date when we can expect the project.”
Sherwood MP Mark Spencer said that Nottinghamshire County Council agreed to fund a set of traffic lights after extensive lobbying and campaigning.
“There were 11 accidents at this junction between 2004 and 2009 and the suggestion of improvements had been previously dismissed as being overly costly,” he said.
“This is an enormous breakthrough and I want to pay tribute to county councillor Richard Jackson who, in a time of austerity, has delivered more safety measures and junction improvements to the A614 in the two years he has been in post than his Labour predecessors.
“There is still work to be done and I will continue to fight for improvements at Mickledale Lane.”