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NO CHANGE: Council say improvements on notorious Radlett roads ‘hard to justify’

 Published on: 20th October 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Ex-Aldenham Parish councillor Przemek de Skuba has shared his disappointment at Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) decision not to make any improvements to safety on Shenley Hill and Craigweil Avenue (pictured).

Przemek spent much of 2019 and 2020 lobbying for pedestrian safety on the roads, which he and other campaigners in the village have labelled “dangerous” and “an accident waiting to happen”.

He previously told RADLETTnews: “I have been lobbying our county council for slowing down or controlling the traffic on one of the main routes used by Newberries Primary School pupils, as well as older students who use the buses to get to their secondary schools.

“The road, Shenley Hill, suffers from a particularly high level of traffic and number of speeding drivers.

“I have also suggested a zebra crossing on the junction of Craigweil Avenue with Newberries Avenue.

“Again, cars tend to speed up and down, particularly in the mornings when the kids go to school, and there also is no zebra crossing anywhere on the road.”

A petition set up by Aldenham Parish councillor Clare Diskin to force HCC to implement safety measures on the roads garnered hundreds of signatures in 2019.

A spokesperson for HCC said: “We’ve listened to residents’ concerns about pedestrian safety on Shenley Hill and Craigwell Avenue, and in response our safety engineers have looked closely at how vehicles and pedestrians are using those roads.

“Our engineers found that vehicles are generally sticking to the speed limit, and that there are relatively few pedestrians crossing these roads, so it would be hard to justify the cost of installing zebra crossings or speed indicators.

“We will be refreshing the road markings on Shenley Hill between Watling Street and the edge of town, and adding new markings around the new gateway sign to emphasise the change from a rural to urban road.”

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