Following concern about the number of accidents on the A339, Sir George wrote to the Highways Agency to see what plans there were to improve safety. "I was pleased to read that measures are in hand to improve the safety record on this road."
This is the reply received.
Thank you for your letter of the 25 February to John Timms, about safety concerns on the A339 between Basingstoke and Newbury.I have been asked to reply as Route Manager for the A339.
The accident record between Newbury (Swan Roundabout) and Basingstoke does not substantiate the figure of 77 Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) given in the Newbury Weekly News. For this length of the A339, 43 KSI were recorded over the last three years, an accident rate which is less than the national average.
Please let me assure you that the Highways Agency takes the issue of safety very seriously. Following safety studies for this length of road, we expect to carry out safety improvement schemes at the Pitthall Farm Junction, the Ramsdell Road Junction and the A339/A3010 Basingstoke East Junction in 2002/03. In addition, we are currently undertaking major maintenance work on the A339 from Donnington to Tot Hill Interchange which includes replacing the old surface with a quieter noise material. This will provide a quieter, smoother running surface with improved grip.