Julian Bray writes: Although elsewhere we have poked fun at the never ending road works and the painfully slow progress and completion of Bourges Boulevard; leaving aside the fact that it now looks nothing like the drawings, there is a far darker side to consider.
The Peterborough City Council are on notice that the jagged teeth upended steel plate ripsaw divider is highly dangerous and really needs a firmly secured Armco style barrier either side.
It is dangerous as any vehicle hitting it, or being sideswiped by traffic to/or from the station junction, and sliding along the barrier which consists of tines or unforgiving teeth, which will rip through metal, like a knife through butter. The situation is also complicated by the intentionally bent 'tines' to form a wavering pattern, all at driver head height which would be fatal to anyone coming off a motorbike and diving head or torso first into the decorative slashed metal sheets.
The same also applies to anyone riding a bicycle, and again falling off (possibly wet or snowbound road conditions) or being hit by a vehicle.
Hopefully by publishing this if someone does have an accident they will get the very maximum in compensation, as clearly the council and their officers will now be fully aware of the new hazard now installed and on legal notice.
It would also be interesting to see the completed risk assessment and how the dangerous sheet metal divider can ever hope to meet even basic safety standards. Both councillors and officers need to realise they are subject to the recently enacted Corporate Manslaughter Act.
I would wager that a detailed risk assessment hasn't been completed. If it has then hopefully journalists will be given a copy so it can be published .
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