‘Unacceptable’ road rage prompts patience plea

Road works in Spalding earlier this year.
Road works in Spalding earlier this year.

A plea has gone out to motorists in South Holland to be patient while road works are taking place, following a spate of “unacceptable incidents”.

In the past two years, there have been more than 20 reported cases of physical or verbal attacks on employees of the Kier Group – part of Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways Alliance which provides maintenance and repairs to the county’s 5,500-mile road network.

An increased government investment of £17bn in what is the fourth largest network in England has seen a 30 per cent increase in road improvements being carried out compared to this time last year.

However, the additional road works has also seen a rise in the number of incidents between motorists and road workers.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’re working very hard with our highways partner Kier to improve the Lincolnshire road network for everyone and understand the disruption that roadworks can cause for motorists.

“It’s important to remember the long-term benefits we will all enjoy once improvements are made. The rise in incidents to road workers is concerning but the excellent work Kier is doing to improve communication between road users and their staff is a great step forward in helping to reduce this.”

The situation had improved since Kier produced a toolkit for its colleagues giving guidelines on engaging with road users, communicating plans to residents in advance and safety advice on managing road closures.

As part of the initiative to create a safer working environment, a series of information boards are being used to remind road users of the dangers the workforce face and to ask motorists to abide by the traffic management in place.

To find out what works are happening in your district visit the Lincolnshire County Council transport and roads website page.

l See also the Spalding Guardian guide to roadworks on page 22.