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Fire-damaged road reopened within a day

Press release 13/03/2015 10:00 CET

A highways maintenance team in Cambridgeshire has repaired over 1,000 square metres of road – in just one day – following a fatal collision on the A141.

The accident occurred when two articulated vehicles crashed and caught fire on the carriageway near Huntingdon. One driver died at the scene while the other escaped with minor injuries.

At the request of Cambridgeshire County Council, Skanska initially set up a traffic diversion and, once given the all-clear by police, set about repairing over 100 metres of fire-damaged road. 

A huge amount of co-ordination was needed to mobilise a surfacing crew and divert resources at short notice.

Operations Manager Richard Kingston said: “Our supply chain was called on to excavate the surface, and provide the road markings and studs, and our in-house surfacing crew resurfaced the area in excellent time. Before the road re-opened at 16:00, even the verges had been re-soiled.

“This shows how working in a co-ordinated and collaborative way we can achieve our goals, and satisfy our clients, while also keeping delays to the public to a minimum. 

Business Director Andy Denman said: “It is always tragic when we hear of such serious incidents that occur on our network; it is however reassuring to know that we have the team who leapt into action to repair the carriageway.

“The impact of the incident was significant to the community. I am proud of the work of both the teams involved in the immediate response as well as our own surfacing team and management who leapt into action without any prompting. Well done to all.”