The campaign for safety improvements on a busy stretch of the A405 took a significant step forward as Herts County Council’s Highways Panel accepted a petition from local residents and promised to investigate solutions.
Councillor Stephen Cavinder, who represents Woodside ward on Watford Borough Council presented the petition to the panel at County Hall, drawing their attention to the high number of accidents which have occurred recently on this stretch of road.
Cllr Cavinder also spoke about residents’ worries about pedestrian safety with several schools, residential estates and a cinema complex nearby. Less that 24 hours after the petition was presented, another collision occurred.
The Highways Panel have asked County Council officers to work with local county councillor Derek Scudder to investigate potential solutions.
A bid for funding will also be made for a pedestrian crossing at the cinema complex which could be built in 2018 if successful.
Cllr Tim Williams, Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Woodside Stanborough said:-
“I would like to thank everybody who has backed our petition, and my colleague Cllr Stephen Cavinder for presenting it. The support from the local community has been outstanding, and it’s clear that there’s a real desire locally to urgently cut speeding on this busy road.
“Our campaign has now made real progress. Having been unanimously endorsed by Watford Borough Councillors last month, it is brilliant news that the Herts Highways Panel are taking this matter so seriously. I look forward to seeing their recommendations for making this road safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Less than 24 hours after presenting the petition, another traffic accident occurred on this stretch of the A405. This is sadly a regular occurrence on this road. Doing nothing really isn’t an option anymore, and I look forward to hearing the recommendations.”
Tim and his Lib Dem colleagues are now seeking to lobby Herts County Council to fund a pedestrian crossing outside the cinema complex as soon as possible.