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SAFETY FIRST: New barriers installed at Hempstead Road crossing in Watford

 Published on: 30th July 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A road safety project to install pedestrian barriers on Hempstead Road is now complete.

Until the new safety features were installed, it was a crossing with a reputation for being an accident blackspot.

Last year, an 89-year old woman was tragically killed while crossing the road. It has also been the site of several collisions and near misses involving cars and pedestrians.

As part of the safety improvements, a path from Courtlands Drive and Stanbury Avenue was closed and trees and bushes at the roadside were cut back.

Following the road incident, Hertfordshire County Council engineers found that a wall running alongside Hempstead Road at the crossing was also unsafe. Works were carried out to remove the decaying wall and secure a new pedestrian boundary with the busy junction.

Liberal Democrat Nascot Park county councillor Mark Watkin said: “We are delighted to see that works have now been completed at Hempstead Road crossing near the junction with Courtlands Drive.

“These vital improvements will ensure that the crossing meets the required safety standards and mitigates the risk to both pedestrians and motorists. We are doing all we can to try to avoid a repeat of last year’s tragic accident.”

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