West Watford Traffic Delays Update

Update from Dorothy:

I wanted to update you on the delays caused by the Hertfordshire County Council's trial one-way scheme on Vicarage Road.

The aim of the one way system was to make it possible to install a light-controlled pedestrian crossing following a fatality on Vicarage Road by Laurence Haines School. The trial was planned to last until February next year.

People have been understandably frustrated by the resulting traffic jams, and a local resident has collected over 800 signatures from fellow residents in just a couple of days.

Last week there was a meeting of Watford councillors at the Herts Highways Liaison Chaired by County Councillor Stephen Giles Medhurst. They heard detailed reports of the knock-on congestion, not only in Watford, but also outside the borough. There were also considerable delays for those trying to reach Watford General Hospital.

There was unanimous agreement yesterday that the trial needs to be ended as soon as possible. In fact, that's the whole point of a trial - when it doesn't work, you can go back to the drawing board.

County Councillor Stephen Giles Medhurst is pursuing this matter with the Councy Council and has demanded that the trial be stopped forthwith. It seems many local residents and most of Watford's councillors were never consulted over this.

I hope that good sense at County Hall will prevail and we can stop these unnecessary tailbacks. I will let you know when there are any developments.

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