Highways England propose the banning of tractors on A-roads under new plans
Some A-roads in the very near future could be free from tractors, as they’re being blamed for slowing down traffic and are a danger on the roads.
Highways England are proposing that some dual carriageways in the UK should be turned into A-roads which will conform to motorway standards.
Under the new plans, cyclists, horses, mopeds and pedestrians would also be banned as well as tractors.
As part of the proposal, roundabouts and traffic lights will be taken off the A-roads and all vehicles will be made to enter and exit by using a slip road.
The idea behind the proposal is to make roads safer and improve traffic flow by removing slow-moving vehicles and more vulnerable road users.
The first new road under these plans to be converted will be the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. This 21-mile stretch of road will have its named changed to the A14(M) and should be ready for use by the end of 2020. The cost of the upgrade is expected to be around £1.5 billion.
Over the next 10 years, more A-roads may also be affected by these changes, including a stretch of the A303 in Wiltshire that will have part of the road running into a tunnel past Stonehenge.
Some bits of the A1 and A66 could also be converted under the new plans.
“It is absolutely a safety thing for a high-speed road network. Segregation of vulnerable users from high-speed traffic is a sensible thing to do. The key thing is to provide an alternative,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive of Highways England.
According to recently released figures, newly upgraded roads could turn out to be six times safer and will increase the average traffic speed by over 10mph.
Mr O’Sullivan did state that the changes would only be granted on a specific number of A-roads, where alternatives were made available for use by slow-moving vehicles such as tractors and mopeds.
Vehicles will be banned from making right turns on the proposed new A14(M), plus a new six-lane bypass will also be installed to the south of Huntingdon.
“Designating A-roads as motorways can improve the flow of traffic and improve safety,” said Edmund King, president of the AA.
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