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Drivers putting workmen's lives at risk
WORKMEN are being put at risk by motorists who are ignoring diversions, no entry signs and even barriers.
Reports of ‘near miss’ incidents involving workmen have sharply risen in the past few weeks, prompting the city council to issue a warning to drivers before a serious accident happens.
Fifty-seven incidents were recorded at one site alone, when workmen were carrying out highways work at Bellevue Road in the city centre.
In the first week of resurfacing work at Coxford Road, workmen were subjected to ten near misses – prompting bosses to entirely close the road.
Works supervisor Kev Lacey, 34, said: “At the start we had it set up as a one-way system but people were just ignoring that, trying to get through and sometime just completely ignoring the signs and barriers.
“We had to just close the road completely for everyone’s safety.
“We also get a lot of verbal abuse. We know it is inconvenient but this sort of work needs to be done.”
In one particular incident, a motorist bypassed barriers at High Road and drove across the site, passing between machinery that had just laid fresh Tarmac and the roller that was following behind.
Workers had no time to react as the car sped away mounting the kerb as it left the site.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We are asking that all road users are patient and drive carefully through roadworks and other areas of the network where our staff are working, bearing in mind the valuable job these people do for them.”
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