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A52 Gamston: National Highways won’t repair road until police protect workers from drivers’ abuse

A stretch of the A52 between Gamston and Radcliffe is still at a temporary 40 mph limit because of delays to repairs.

National Highways say their site workers were abused by motorists in Autumn 2023, and therefore they’re not prepared to carry on the works until police protection can be organised.

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National highways confirmed the repairs have been delayed because some of their staff were threatened and harassed last autumn during preparation works. The decision was immediately taken to take workers off the project and wait for police protection. National Highways say they ‘won’t tolerate abuse of their road workers.’

They said in a statement, ‘They ( road workers ) are here to keep the public safe by maintaining our roads and it’s unacceptable that they be harassed or threatened as they do so.’

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Nottinghamshire Police said they’re working closely with National Highways to ensure the work can be undertaken safely and as swiftly as possible. In a statement, they added the abuse of road workers will not be tolerated and will robustly investigate every incident reported to us.

National Highways said the work should start in March and will be carried out overnight for 15 nights.

In December, Nottinghamshire County Council said that the restriction would be in place until 10 January and a temporary 40 mph speed limit would be in force because of a ‘poor road surface.’

It affects the A6011 Radcliffe Road, Gamston – between its junctions with Ambleside and A52, and the A52 – between its junctions with A6011 Radcliffe Road, Gamston and Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

The council said that the poor road surface will be repaired, but until that is possible the temporary speed limit is required.

 

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