The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme covers a long and congested section of the A14 dual carriageway and is currently going through major works as part of Highways England’s proposals to relieve traffic congestion, connect communities and enhance national economic growth.
With the route at capacity, almost 85,000 vehicles use this stretch of the A14 every day with up to 21,000 being heavy goods vehicles. Since the start of the project and the installation of narrow lanes a temporary posted speed limit of 40mph was imposed. It became apparent that not all drivers were adhering to the speed limit especially during the evenings. Unfortunately, drivers felt they could exceed the 40mph limit through the enforcement cameras which evidently caused a rise in the amount of speeding offences issued and safety of road workers was being compromised.
Working together with the Traffic Management team supported by Highways England, Morelock delivered a new solution with radar speed sign technology implemented in traffic management for the first time. The introduction of the new LED speed indicating devices in construction work zones will protect the lives of road workers and encourage drivers travelling through to slow down.
Radar speed sign technology is a successful technique being used for traffic calming efforts. These signs are proven to help reduce drivers’ speeds in both the short and long term. Morelock’s radar speed signs equipped with software that capture driver speed and relevant traffic data have been deployed in a host of applications from small communities to larger industrial sites and in partnership with the police force to tackle speeding by educating and changing driver behaviour.
As a result of this collaboration, a bespoke sign was designed and manufactured. The signs are easily mounted on Quick fit frames widely used in temporary traffic management which can be deployed safely and quickly behind barriers alongside the carriageway. The set of signs are positioned before the enforcement cameras and are programmed to activate only when a driver exceeds 42mph. Once the sign is activated a red sad face is displayed using the flashing LEDs. This will raise driver’s awareness and send a clear message prompting the driver to slow down, thus reducing the number of speeding violations and enhancing safety.
The data on the number of speeding violations and tickets enforced was released from Bedfordshire Constabulary. April 2017 was a staggering 3999 speeding tickets issued. The Morelock Radar Speed Signs where deployed onto the A14 roadworks on the 12th July and there has been a clear decrease in violations since they have been in operation, with a significant drop of 86%, December data found 536 enforced speeding tickets.
We approached Morelock with speeding issues we were experiencing on the A14 through the works, figures had increased to above 1100 per month and predominantly at night. We took a collaborative approach with Morelock to tackle the issues and worked together to find a solution. After a couple of visits to site we had decided upon the bespoke faceplate and quick fit frame and when and how the sign would activate.
Once agreed and approved, we purchased 6 radar speed signs which included further site visits from Jill for full training.
Operating when the speeding issues are most prominent the signs activate between 19:00hrs to 07:00hrs every day when the posted limit is exceeded. Since deploying the signs we have seen a significant decrease in the number of offences committed.Due to the success on the A14 road works we purchased 5 additional signs to heighten safety on site –
2 x signs to control the speed of the 60 tonne + dumpers on the bailey bridge. Due to the weight they are carrying the speed was crucial for the stability of the bridge.
2 x signs for community speed watch -these are being used at the moment to support local parishes to determine if they have a perceived speeding issue or not.
1 x sign with 3 bespoke face plates to combat speeding on various zones on site.
Morelock and Jill have tackled our problem head on and worked above and beyond with us to get these signs into operation, the after sales care is the best service I’ve received in 16+ years of TM.Well done Jill and well done to the Morelock Team .
Mark Krall – Traffic Management Engineering Manager – A14 Integrated Delivery Team
Deephams Sewage Treatment Works, Edmonton – AMK JV (AECOM Murphy Kier)
Deephams Sewage Treatment Works (STW), located in the London borough of Enfield near Picketts Lock in Edmonton, the venture is to develop an improved sewage treatment process, while continuing to treat the 209,000 tonnes of sewage that arrives at the works each day. This can increase to over 1.3 million tonnes during heavy rainfall – enough to fill 520 Olympic swimming pools.
Deephams has a site speed limit of 10mph. Traffic increased significantly due to ongoing construction work being carried out, with more traffic on site and vehicles exceeding the posted limit, speeding became a concern. The implementation of the GR33CL Solar Powered Speed Feedback Sign is continuing to have a very positive effect in changing driver behaviour and reducing speed.
Would you agree that your purchase of the 2 Solar powered GR33CL Speed Feedback Signs have made a positive impact on your site and are helping to reduce speeds driven?
Yes, I’ve noticed a very positive improvement in the attitude towards speeding on site
Is the data that you have downloaded clear and concise enough? Does it give you all the results you need?
Yes it gives us a clear overview and enables us to pin point persistent speeders
Do you find the Speed Feedback Signs easy to rotate around your site?
Very easy and very quickly
How have you found the solar power?
Great addition…. It makes relocation of the sign very easy
Are you happy with your purchase, do you think it was funds well spent?
How would you rate Morelock Signs Ltd along with the service you have received prior and after your purchase?
Very helpful and understanding of our needs
John Adams – Health & Safety Manager
Corby Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Management Team were continually being told by residents through Community Engagement that Speeding was a major concern. As Corby Borough Council do not have responsibility for the Highways as this lies with Northamptonshire County Council they were in a bit of a quandary.
Rather than simply refer the community to the county council they decided to explore innovative solutions to this recurring problem. Following investigation and fact finding it was decided that they would invest some funds in two GR32 speed signs, these could be used to target areas highlighted by residents to monitor vehicle speeds and the resulting data could inform traffic calming decisions or show that there is not a speeding problem.
These devices provide both a visible deterrent to alter behaviour as well as enhance the local communities confidence that their concerns once aired are then followed up with visible action.
Even whilst in situ deploying the signs the impact they have on behaviour is apparent. The resulting reports then allowed them to feedback to the community to either show that there is a speeding issue or just a perception of speed. Utilising the data from the reports also enables them to further enhance the effective partnership working with the Police by identifying peak times of speeding vehicles to complete speed gun operations in a more targeted and cost effective manner.
Corby Borough Council now manage a total of six Morelock speed signs as local Parish Councils have seen the benefit these devices bring and have invested in the technology requesting that we manage the deployment and data gathering. The County Council have also purchased a unit for them to deploy in locations on their behalf as the Highways authority.
Would you agree that the GR33 speed sign has made a positive impact on combatting speeding in Weldon parish?
The GR33 units most definitely have an impact on speeding. It is hugely apparent when out maintaining the signs the difference in behaviour that they make. The ease of deployment is the main benefit and strength of these units. It enables targeted activity in known hot spot locations and provides a shock factor to drivers as they can be deployed to locations very quickly and easily.
Would you say the data is easy to analyse? Is it clear enough? Does it give you all of the results you need?
The data provided from the units is very clear and concise. Combined with the impactive and easy to read graphs, the data is easily conveyed to the public and also provides the information required by Highways authorities and the Police.
How easy are they to erect and rotate?
The units take about five minutes to erect on a column, battery changes take a couple of minutes.
Are the parishioners happy with their purchase, was it money well spent?
The Parish purchased one unit 3 years ago and have recently purchased a further two units so I would assume that this shows satisfaction.
Would you recommend Morelock Signs Ltd?
I would yes.
Craig Spence – Senior Neighbourhood Manager Corby Borough Council
Morelock Installations opened a new site in August 2015 as part of growth in the company’s service-driven approach. The new Depot in Stafford provides excellent access to the strategic road network.
The secure internal and external storage space and modern offices with updated IT links allows us to better service our existing contracts and improve our ability to widen our scope throughout the UK.
Working in partnership with our clients is part of our ethos and we continue to build key relationships with like-minded companies. We are pleased to have been recently awarded a contract in Telford and Wrekin, which means we will be supplying, installing and maintaining their Traffic Signs and Street Furniture assets for the next 3 years.
Recently completed schemes include:
- The Bedford Bypass project
- The M4 Junction 10 Pinch Point Scheme
We pride ourselves at Morelock Signs for having long-serving personnel across all departments who have become an integral part of our operation over the years. We recognise the service they put in and honour their commitment . The collective years of experience enhances our overall offering to our customers.
The following members of our team have completed 15, 20 and 25 years of service in 2015.