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Special traffic officers called to 126 incidents in Cornwall

Special traffic officers called to 126 incidents in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:49pm 16th September 2019.

It has been revealed that special traffic officers were called out to 126 incidents on Cornwall's A30 over the summer holidays.

Highways England Traffic Officers have been patrolling a section of the Duchy's busiest road during the busy summer months, and have been on hand to deal with everything from live lane breakdowns, road traffic collisions and debris clearance.

Providing assistance to Devon and Cornwall Police, this is the second year Highways England crews have patrolled the A30, and between 5th July and 9th September, traffic officers attended a total of 126 incidents. 

Last year, they dealt with 112 incidents during 31 days of patrols.

"The aim of the patrols is to provide further assistance to motorists on our South West network, and we're delighted to extend our service further south into Cornwall and to continue our close working partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police.

"The patrols have provided real value, to both our police partners and the travelling public, and to the Cornwall economy as a whole, and we are already planning how we can continue this service in the future."

Rob Penney, South West Network Operations Manager for Highways England

The patrols cover the A30 between Lifton Down to Carland Cross, and help Devon and Cornwall Police to meet the demands of increased traffic volumes and related incidents on the A30 in Cornwall.

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Traffic officers currently assist drivers in any difficulty, co-ordinate the resources of the emergency services, manage traffic to reduce incident-related congestion and clear debris from the carriageways.

"Devon and Cornwall Police is delighted to continue its partnership working with Highways England into Cornwall.

"This builds on the considerable success of the operational activity on the M5, A38 and A30 in Devon, where Highways England Traffic Officers have supported police resources in dealing with road traffic collisions and other incidents which have the potential to cause disruption on our strategic road network.

"This 'one team' approach is helping support communities and businesses who rely on a resilient and capable road network in Cornwall, particularly during the busiest periods of the year."

Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, head of roads policing for the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police alliance

Highways England's Traffic Officer service patrols England's motorways and major A roads, helping to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

Traffic officers are not an enforcement agency, but they do have the power to stop and direct traffic, close lanes and carriageways and manage traffic, and road users must obey their directions.

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