New anti-slip manhole covers for Peterborough

New manhole covers tested, July 2012: Dave and Tink Hammond, from Peterborough MAG, with Faye Bridgewater and Nick Holmes from Instarmac. Photo: Rowland Hobson

New manhole covers tested, July 2012: Dave and Tink Hammond, from Peterborough MAG, with Faye Bridgewater and Nick Holmes from Instarmac. Photo: Rowland Hobson

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A dozen anti-slip, non-metal manhole covers are to be installed in Peterborough to help improve road safety and cut metal theft.

It follows the successful trial of such a cover in Lincoln Road, which was installed by Anglian Water in July.

The Instarmac-manufactured covers come with a host of advantages, being safer for motorcyclists, quicker to install, more environmentally friendly and less likely to be stolen because they have no scrap value.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “We’ve been keeping a close eye on new non-slip manhole since it was installed on Lincoln Road last year and are pleased with the results.”

He added: “Based on the success of this trial we are now looking to install several others in the Peterborough area where we believe they can have the biggest impact on road safety.

“We will be fitting these in time for summer.”

The installation of the first anti-slip manhole cover followed a campaign from Peterborough Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), which also helped choose the location of the next 12.

They are: nine in Church Street, Werrington, one each in New Road, Oundle Road, and at the junction of Newark Road and Padholme Road.

Joint representative for the Peterborough branch of MAG Dave Hammond described the innovation as a “winner for everybody”.

He said: “Let’s hope it becomes the norm.”