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Call for action after road safety report finally published 

 Published on: 3rd October 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Garston councillor has said he is “delighted” that a feasibility study on safety improvements on the A405 has been published, despite the report taking 18 months to be produced.

Steve Cavinder, a Watford Borough Councillor for Woodside, says he will pursue Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) for its decision on the recommendations made in the study.

The study was produced following a request by the Kingswood Residents Association (KRA), which applied to the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund raising concerns over issues surrounding the current layout of the junction of the A405 North Orbital with Greenwood Drive. 

The study follows a petition in February 2017 where the KRA called for improvement, and was due to be complete by April of this year. 

Within the report a series of options was suggested, with a particular focus around the A405 junction with Greenwood Drive. The aim is to reduce traffic speeds on the A405 and make it easier for motorists to turn into and out of the side-road. 

The report says: “The options would vary in cost and complexity, ranging from lining and signing to more extensive alterations to the physical layout of the junction. 

“Much longer term, if aspirations to downgrade the A405 were to be followed through, this may require more complex and expensive changes to the road layout.”

Steve Cavinder, WBC councillor and Garston resident, told My Garston News: “I am absolutely delighted that this vital study has finally been published.

“However, it is incumbent on HCC to consider the recommendations without delay and put those measures in place.

“It’s amazing that a petition for improvements on the A405 was presented in February 2017 and only now, 18 months later, is the report here. It’s unacceptable.

“I will now continue to chase HCC for what action they will take.”

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