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Found this on the Highways Agency website.

Drivers are being urged to drive safely through the roadworks for the major £4.3m resurfacing and improvement scheme on the A428 near Cambridge and to observe all the signs. The work started in April and is due to be completed at the beginning of July.

To allow this work to be carried out in safety the Agency closed the A1303 entry slip road onto the A428 westbound. However since that closure has been in place there have been several incidents during the night where drivers have moved the cones and driven down the closed slip road.

David Lee, Highways Agency project manager for the scheme, said:

"Since the work started, most road users have been driving safely and sensibly near the roadworks. At the moment we have a contraflow on the eastbound carriageway of the A428 during work on the westbound side. As well as a 24-hour 40mph speed limit enforced with cameras, for the safety of drivers and workers.

"However there have been several instances of people moving the cones and driving down the A1303 entry slip road. The closure is in place for a reason and on two occasions they even went through the wet concrete and drove away! All these types of incidents are reported as 'near misses' because people are working on-site. And where drivers went through the wet concrete, the work had to be done again."

As someone who has ended up working at the side of the motorway, to say I'm less than impressed is putting it mildly!

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

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kaiserdad From: kaiserdad Date: May 16th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
They should put down those spikey things!
caomhin From: caomhin Date: May 16th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
But the question is - as you have worked beside a motorway can you honestly say you're surprised about people doing things like this?
giruff From: giruff Date: May 16th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw this on the news last night and couldnt believe what idiots some people are!
megabitch From: megabitch Date: May 16th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The High Street in town is being re-surfaced, new pavements etc. It is closed to traffic. Every day I see some moron drive up onto the kerb and try to get down the street. Sometimes they get out of their vehicle... blocking the junction... and move the "road closed" signs and barriers - some of them even put the barriers back after they have driven through. Parts of the new pavements are already scarred and cracked, even before the job has been finished. Nothing people do when using the roads really surprises me any more.

Even the idiots in the van that came flying at about 50mph down the hill (to my right as I came up to the junction wanting to turn right and go up the hill) who had to throw out the anchors and swerve left into the junction (you know... where I was already waiting to turn right) narrowly missing my car because they failed to take notice of the "road closed - follow diversion" signs at the junction further up the hill, and didn't notice the barriers across the road at the bottom of the hill until they were nearly on them.

If this keeps up, I'll be putting another car accident claim in and the insurer will accuse us of trying to get a brand new car... one bit at a time.
pendlemac From: pendlemac Date: May 16th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please be careful as we'd rather you needed a brand new car rather than a brand new you! :-))
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