Leading provider of highway and construction services, Ringway, assisted the Kent Police in the filming of a training video on the A228 West Malling bypass in Kent, by providing Traffic Management. Roads, especially with fast moving traffic, are very dangerous work places and the DVD produced will help police officers and other road workers to safely manage incidents when working on a road.
Tom West, Divisional Director from Ringway said, “It is essential that when a vehicle, for example an HGV, breaks down on a busy road, that it is handled efficiently and in the proper way to avoid any unfortunate incidences, not only to those dealing with the break down, but also the general public. Here at Ringway, we put safety at the top of our agenda and we pride ourselves in being able to assist in any operation that will ensure safer roads in Britain.”
The filming took place on the 9th November at an off-peak road space near the West Malling bypass on the A228. They arranged for a simulated HGV to ‘breakdown’ in the inside lane of the dual carriageway before the police issued their emergency traffic management. They then called upon Ringway to install a full Lane one closure regulated by Chapter 8 Part 1of the Traffic Signs Manual, which was successfully completed.
Chapter 8 Part 1 states that safe and efficient traffic management is founded upon a number of simple procedures: provision of clear and early warning of obstructions in the highway, optimisation of road space and the provision of an adequate safety zone and working space at works location, clear directions relating to decisions/actions required from road users, minimisation of potential conflict between road users, credibility of traffic signs and temporary requirements, speed limits and restrictions appropriate for the temporary highway geometry and safety features.