Busy London Colney roundabout has a ‘crazy’ lack of road markings, say motorists

The London Colney roundabout.

The London Colney roundabout. - Credit: Archant

Complaints have been made by drivers forced to navigate a ‘dangerous’ roundabout in London Colney.

The London Colney roundabout.

The London Colney roundabout. - Credit: Archant

Lane markings around the roundabout linking the A1081 to the A414 have become so faded it is impossible to tell where to position your vehicle, say motorists.

Without clear road markings, specifically between lanes two and three, people have to guess where their cars should be positioned on the road and sometimes get it wrong, having to switch lanes at the last minute.

Tracy Rooke, who has lived in St Albans for five years, has to drive via this roundabout every day to take her three-year-old son, Daniel, to nursery.

She said: “It’s one of the biggest and busiest roundabouts in St Albans and there are no road markings, this is crazy.”

The London Colney roundabout.

The London Colney roundabout. - Credit: Archant

Every day she warns her son of the roundabout coming up as she often has ‘near-misses’.

She said: “I am worried that someone might hit the car with my son in the passenger seat, I don’t want my little boy to get hurt in a car accident.”

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Tracy has contacted Herts county council asking them to raise it with their contractor, Ringway, and been told no action is being taken.

A driving instructor from St Albans, Michael Dixon, 53, said he dreads taking his pupils on the roundabout.

He said: “It’s notorious, we find it really difficult to get our pupils around and we have to teach them by rote.

“We can’t teach the learners to focus on forward planning and their lane discipline, we have to guide them round and take them there a few times, so they learn for the test route. It shouldn’t come down to that.”

He said he is always wary going around the roundabout in case someone tries to jump lanes, adding: “You only have to be there to hear horns blaring, and that says it all.”

Another victim of the roundabout, Jenny Murray, 36, was in an accident in August 2014 when the driver next to her changed lanes – smashing her wing mirror.

She said: “People just don’t know where to put their cars.

“How do you know where to position your car, to be in the right place for your exit?

“A stranger to the area will have no idea where to position their car.”

Ringway divisional manager, Kevin Carrol, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We are aware of the condition of the road markings on the roundabout but now is not the time of year to carry out this type of operation.

“We are currently considering carrying out this complex operation in the summer months.”