Wire road barriers work

Wire rope barriers have proven to be a road safety success in Sweden.
Wire rope barriers have proven to be a road safety success in Sweden.

The Leader had a very apt article last week (March 13) about wire rope barriers, and how they proved a success in Sweden.

Driving west on the Bangor bypass recently, I stopped just after a car had hit the centre wire rope barrier.

Eight posts were flattened, but the car stayed on the correct side of the road.

The driver's side and front of the car was extensively damaged. tThe young visibly shaken driver was OK, and because of the barrier a possible head on crash on this busy road was avoided.

There are two sections of centre fence that have been damaged at the moment, and evidence of RMS repairs are visible in many spots, so they work.

The cost to install wire rope barriers on Heathcote Road would be considerable, but how many deaths and injuries are needed on this major road, to justify the expense?

Hans Stephens, Kirrawee