Drivers praise new road studs on the A1

An innovative project which used over 4,000 road studs to make the A1 junctions between Berwick and Dunbar safer has been shortlisted for a national transport award.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 16 August, 2018, 09:49
New road studs on the A1 in Berwickshire.

The studs at nine junctions are reported to have improved driver confidence by 78 per cent after the A1 Action Group (elected members from the Scottish Borders and East Lothian Councils, transport groups and community councils) raised concerns about driving conditions on the unlit road.

Now the project, which was undertaken by UK-based Clearview Intelligence in partnership with Transport Scotland and Amey, has been shortlisted in the Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement category at the National Transport Awards.

Using SolarLite Active LED road studs instead of conventional reflective road studs, has improved driver visibility 10-fold.

In an online poll by Edinburgh Napier University, 93 percent of people surveyed felt clarity at junctions had been improved or strongly improved, and 95 percent felt clarity along curved sections had been improved or strongly improved.

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Coun Norman Hampshire, chairman of the A1 Action Group and cabinet member for East Lothian Council, said: “The installation of the studs has, in my view, revolutionised the driving experience on the A1 after dark.”

He added@ “The studs have improved night-time visibility beyond all recognition along certain parts of the route.”

Motorists travelling at 62mph on a road with conventional reflective road studs have 90 metres of visible delineation and 3.2 seconds to react to changes in the road ahead; the SolarLite studs provide drivers travelling at the same speed with 900 metres of visibility, giving them more than 30 seconds to react.