Fresh calls for action to tackle longabout accident blackspot in Colney Heath

The long-a-bout on the A414

The long-a-bout on the A414 - Credit: Archant

The hospitalisation of a motorcyclist following yet another collision at a local accident blackspot has prompted councillors to accuse county road chiefs of failing motorists.

A man riding an orange Kawasaki motorcycle collided with a blue Toyota Auris at the Colney Heath longabout on the A414 at about 9.15am on Monday.

The motorcyclist was taken to Watford General Hospital with leg injuries.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said that while paramedics found the man drifting “in and out of consciousness” his injuries were not considered life-threatening. The driver of the Toyota did not require treatment.

One lane of the carriageway was closed for an hour while the vehicles were removed, and the road cleared of debris.

St Albans district councillor for Colney Heath, Chris Brazier, and Herts county councillor for The Colneys, Dreda Gordon, said local residents were very worried about the traffic blackspot, the site of numerous fatalities and accidents.

They accused the county council of putting lives at risk by continually delaying improvements, as the authority has failed to deliver upon a promise it made in 2013 to redesign the dangerous junction and install traffic lights.

But a traffic signals trial was not held until March this year.

Cllr Gordon said: “A report on the findings was originally planned to be released at the end of June, but that was extended until September, and now it’s not coming out until the end of October.

“The county council needs to pull its finger out. Local people are worried that the funding is on hold, or that improvements could be linked to other proposed developments such as the rail freight scheme in Park Street.”

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Cllr Brazier urged the county council to make motorists’ safety a priority, adding, “Locals are taking diversions to avoid the junction, and possibly being involved in an accident.”

A county council spokesman confirmed the longabout signals trial report is still being finalised.

He said: “We will recommend that the most effective casualty reduction measures for this junction would include introducing permanent traffic signals at its centre, along with some remodelling of the junction layout.

“The county council is also looking at ways the scheme could be funded. This is a relatively large-scale project that we must ensure we get right both for now, and to meet future traffic growth along this major route.”

• Herts Police are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to the collision on the A414. Call non-emergency number 101.