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Electronic signs warn drivers of dangers on Orwell Bridge after spike in rush hour accidents during winter months

13:39 10 November 2014

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Keep your distance - this is the warning being issued to drivers using the Orwell Bridge this winter.

The Highways Agency will use electronic signs along the bridge to help reduce the number of accidents now the clocks have gone back and the days are shorter.

Statistics show that drivers are seven and a half times more likely to have an accident after the clocks go back in the autumn than they are in the summer months.

The signs will be switched on between 6am and 10am, and from 3pm to 7pm each day this week.

Brian Pitkin, asset development manager for the Highways Agency, said: “The number of accidents during peak hours on the Orwell Bridge increases once the clocks change in the autumn.

“As part of our work to try to reduce the number of accidents, working with Suffolk police, we will be displaying ‘Keep your distance’ messages on the electronic signs as drivers approach the bridge. We will display the messages for one week so they don’t lose their impact with drivers.”

Figures from 2009 to 2011 show there were 14 collisions which caused injuries between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on week days, of which 10 were between October and December.

14 comments

  • To focus on tailgaters there must be police cars on the A14 , there are many less than they used to be . Signs of merging 2 RPU units ! 50mph average speed cameras will improve the situation . Many lorry drivers manner of driving is very arrogant , they know that others have to keep out of their way due to their weight and size . They just do what they want and others have to oblige , they have no choice . I'm not saying they are all like it but many are . The stretch from Toys r Us to Felixstowe must be made a priority for road safety measures . The average speed cameras should be for that whole length .

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • A lot of money for 1 week! Lorries should not be allowed to overtake, People should not be able to "Jump" !

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    ME

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • "WARNING: Limited vision and lack of A14 funding ahead" ?

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    Mark Ling

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • At the weekend these signs said 'Is your vehicle ready for winter?' My reply is 'Don't be so patronising!'

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    another day in the mad house

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • I wish the police would focus more on tailgater's rather than speed. I regularly endure people who drive as fast as they can to the car in front, then hover dangerously close trying to intimidate the driver in front to pull over whether it is appropriate to do so or not, doing the same thing repeatedly whilst remaining in the same lane.

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • The signs are a good idea for long distance travel but unfortunately these signs some times still say of delays when incidents are cleared !! Get set for nightmare queues once the Highways Agency impose the 50mph limit. Heavy lorries with no run up will be crawling over the bridge at 30mph along with everyone behind !!

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    buster65

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • Nice to see they've found a use for those very expensive signs at long last. Had they not spent all the millions on the signs they could probably have built half of the Northern Bypass with the money, and not needed the signs! The other half of the bypass could be paid for from the costs of all the disruption the many bridge closures have caused over the last few years to local residents and businesses alike.

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    mmm

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • There should be no over taking for lorries on the Orwell bridge

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    zaax

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • Does anybody REALLY believe putting a few signs up is going to change the behaviour of idiots who drive dangerously close? Because I certainly don't.

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    beerlover

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • On Two Wheels *clap*,*clap*,*clap*, couldn't agree more. I was stuck behind 2 large vehicles taking up both lanes at 8.30am on Friday. They were both doing about 42mph. Dangerous place to overtake when you don't have the power to get past efficiently.

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    Fill-a-stein

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • Agree with On 2 Wheels. There should be a sign on the petrol station slip road "You have 30 yards to get to 70mph, the same speed as that approaching lorry. Are you feeling lucky?"

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    PC Plod

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • If there was a northern bypass half the traffic would no longer use the bridge. QED.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • So many people go too fast when they approach the bridge but the worst are the lorries who tailgate and cut people up while on the bridge.

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    kev70

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • How about adding to the signs "You are on an incline, press accelerator to maintain speed". The bunching up is caused by people unable to control the speed of their vehicle properly ... well that and others joining from the ultra short service station slip road!

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    On Two Wheels

    Monday, November 10, 2014

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