Temporary lights and reduced speed limit during work at accident blackspot near Sherborne

SPEED limits are being cut and temporary traffic lights installed at an accident blackspot near Sherborne as work to improve visibility at a busy junction is carried out.

Construction work is due to take place to improve the A352/New Road junction, which has seen several crashes where people have been injured.

The works will start on Tuesday (April 2), and will take up to four weeks to complete.

“We will relocate road signs and move fences to improve visibility,” a Dorset Council spokesperson said.

“Road markings will also be adjusted to improve the angle at which drivers approach the junction from New Road.”

As part of the improvement works, the speed limit on the A352 will be reduced to 30mph on Horsecastles Lane, Ottery Lane and Dancing Hill, they said, including a section of 40mph limit on Sherborne Hill.

Jack Wiltshire, head of highways at the council, added: “We are committed to improving road safety. This scheme will help to address issues at a junction where there have been multiple collisions over the years.

“We thank everyone for their patience while these works take place.”

Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time when planning their journey in this area while the work takes place.

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