Consultation on proposed scheme to enhance junction warnings and speed limit signs

Consultation on proposed scheme to enhance junction warnings and enhance speed limit signs on the B4361 and B4362 at Orleton

Last year Orleton Parish Council commissioned Herefordshire Council/ Balfour Beatty to advise on ways to improve the safety of the junctions on the B4361 and B4362, and encourage drivers to observe the 40 mph speed limit. The report, which was provided in June 2019, has been reviewed by the parish council, and was the subject of a working group meeting with a senior highway engineer from Balfour Beatty.

At the July meeting, the parish council was provided with an indicative cost of £18,000 (+VAT) for the proposed highways work as set out below (in addition, two maps showing the location of the improvements can be viewed below:

The work would be paid for by the parish council out of public funds and delivered under Community Commissioning by Balfour Beatty. Community Commissioning is intended to help deliver local schemes which would not otherwise be funded by Herefordshire Council.

A graphic showing standard dragons teeth and roundels can be downloaded to view:

Standard Detail Dragons Teeth

Standard Detail Roundel on Red

B4361 Junction with C1047 Kitchen Hill Road
Improvement of the existing advanced junction warning signs to position them better to ensure adequate forward visibility and to improve the actual signs by providing new with yellow backing boards to improve conspicuity.

Provide a white SLOW road marking on red coloured patch on the carriageway next to each new advanced junction warning sign. Highlight the centrelines between the two SLOW patches by running a wide strip of red coloured surface along the centre of the carriageway.

• Remove two existing advanced junction warning signs
• Provide and erect two new speed limit terminal signs, located on existing posts
• Provide new white SLOW marking next to advanced junction warning signs
• Provide red patch for both SLOW markings
• Provide red strip to highlight carriageway centre line linking one SLOW red patch to the other across the junction

B4361 Crossroads Junction with U92617 & U92618
Again, the similar treatment as per the B4361/Kitchen Hill Road Junction whereby improve the existing white SLOW road marking on the carriageway next to each advanced junction warning sign by having the white SLOW road markings on red coloured patches plus also highlight the centrelines between the two SLOW patches by running a wide strip of the red coloured surface along the centre of the carriageway.

• Provide new white SLOW marking next to advanced junction warning signs
• Provide red patch for both SLOW markings
• Provide red strip to highlight carriageway centre line linking one SLOW red patch to the other across the junction

B4361 at start of 40mph zone
Provision of a white 40 speed limit roundel on a red patch together with dragons’ teeth at both speed limit terminal signs locations. Improve the existing 40 mph speed limit terminal signs with new yellow backed signs to improve conspicuity. Improve the existing 40 mph speed limit repeater signs by removing the existing signs and providing new yellow backed signs and also add a pair of white 40 roundels next to each speed limit repeater sign.

• Remove four existing speed limit terminal signs at each end of the village
• Provide and erect two new speed limit terminal signs located on existing posts at each end of village
• Provide red patch and one new white 40 roundel at 7.5m high next to new speed limit terminal signs at each end of village, plus a set of white “dragons teeth” on the approach to the new speed limit terminal signs
• Remove existing speed limit repeater signs through village
• Provide and erect new 300mm diameter 40 mph speed limit repeater signs on existing posts through village
• Provide two new white 40 roundels at 4.3m high next to each speed limit repeater sign throughout village

B4362 at start of 40mph zone
Much the same as the improvements on the B4361 speed limit. Provision of a white 40 speed limit roundel on a red patch together with dragons’ teeth at speed limit terminal signs location. Improve the existing 40 mph speed limit repeater signs by removing the existing signs and providing new yellow backed signs and also add a pair of white 40 roundels next to each speed limit repeater sign.

• Provide red patch and one new white 40 roundel at 7.5m high next to new speed limit terminal signs at each end of village, plus a set of white “dragons teeth” on the approach to the new speed limit terminal signs
• Remove existing speed limit repeater signs through village
• Provide and erect new 300mm diameter 40 mph speed limit repeater signs on existing posts through village
• Provide two new white 40 roundels at 4.3m high next to each speed limit repeater sign throughout village

Orleton Village Area
Provision of “no footway” signs at locations where it is felt that there are sufficient numbers of pedestrians in the road on sections where there are no footways to meet the criteria for such signs. Once any suitable locations are found to meet the criteria and allow the locating of signs in sufficient verge then the installation of white “SLOW” road markings can also be considered to further enhance the new signs if it is applicable. However, this is not costed at present.

Your view of this project
The parish council would like to know your views on the proposed scheme. There is an option to reduce the cost by about £6,500 by removing all red surfacing at the junctions. One factor to consider is that once put in place, the highway authority is responsible for the future maintenance and renewal of the new warning signs, lines and markings, which means Herefordshire Council would renew any red road surfacing in the future, but only if the red surfacing is used at the outset.

Please contact the Clerk via the contact page on this website if you wish to comment on the proposed project.

A detailed work scheme has been requested from Balfour Beatty, which will include the full schedule of works and a definitive price. It is expected that this will be considered at the parish council meeting scheduled for 19 September 2019.

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