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GOOD RIDDANCE: Controversial width restriction could be replaced by 2023

 Published on: 22nd December 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

An infamous width restriction on Woodmere Avenue that became a viral issue earlier this year could finally be removed though not until 2023.

The 7ft-wide feature, designed to prevent larger vehicles from using the narrow road as a shortcut to the area’s industrial estate, has been causing incidents for the last ten years according to residents and drivers.

Due to the flat kerb on the road, many who do end up unknowingly smashing into one of the restriction’s bollards.

A video recorded from a neighbour’s doorbell that showed multiple vehicles, including a police car, hitting the restriction’s bollards went viral in October, spawning even global commentary on the matter.

This could all change soon, as Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) look set to ask for new legal powers to be granted.

These powers could potentially see the width restriction replaced with cameras, enforcing fines on large vehicles who ignore warnings to not go down the road.

These powers have already been granted to several local authorities (LAs) in the capital to replace traffic restrictions, but currently only London-based Las can apply for this.

If HCC do get approval, Woodmere Avenue is one of two places in the county that would receive the cameras as part of a trial run.

However, this will all be preceded by a planning application, a public consultation and eventually installation, so it may take until 2023 before cameras replace the much maligned restriction.

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