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Cyclists should stay clear of London Road

 Published on: 12th February 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Bushey residents have taken to social media to complain about the ever troubling London Road not being included in the list of local roads that will be resurfaced this year.

Hertfordshire County Council released the list of local roads that are planned for resurfacing in a £29million scheme to improve local roads from 2018 to 2022.

Locals have been calling out to the council after constantly having problems with pot holes along the road.

Bushey resident, Jan Newman, said: “It’s a disgrace. London Road is in a shocking state. We avoid driving along it as much as possible.”

Ann Robinson, who is also from Bushey, believes that a motorcyclist or cyclist will be “seriously injured or worse”.

She said: “It’s total madness as I have to weave in and out to avoid these potholes. I’m sure people will start to think I’m drink driving. Also it’s shocking at night or if it’s raining as they are even more difficult to see. Are they waiting for a motorcyclist or cyclist to be seriously injured or worse if they were to hit the pothole and be thrown off their bike.”

Ian Daniels, who is the workshop manager at the Watford Cycle Hub, has also confirmed the danger that pot holes bring to cyclists, calling them “downright dangerous.”

He said: “Potholes, depending on their severity can make cycling either uncomfortable or unpleasant, cause damage to your bike or be downright dangerous.

“It may be a natural instinct to swerve and try to avoid the pothole which potentially puts you in conflict with other traffic or the pothole itself can throw you off the bike should you be unlucky enough to hit a particularly deep one.

“It is incumbent upon all road users, including cyclists, to report potholes via the appropriate local authority website or via We are Cycling UKs website,”.

A spokeswoman for Herts County Council said: “We are aware of the condition of this stretch of London Road, Bushey, which has deteriorated quickly over the course of this winter. 

“When the programmes of work for 2018/2019 were put together during late 2017, it was still in reasonable condition and was therefore not a priority for works. 

“Our engineers are currently assessing what work is needed to permanently repair the road surface. Any major works are likely to be in the new financial year because works on main A roads need to be planned well in advance to minimise disruption to the travelling public. 

“In the meantime we are looking to see what interim works can be delivered quickly to help keep it serviceable.”

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