London Colney still waiting for Shenley Lane improvements after eight years
PUBLISHED: 10:10 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 13 September 2017
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London Colney villagers say they are still waiting for traffic calming measures on Shenley Lane eight years after the scheme was agreed.
A 2009 petition by residents and district councillor Dreda Gordon pressured Herts county council (HCC) into agreeing to install traffic calming measures.
But the works have been delayed while a utility company carries out work on the road.
Cllr Gordon said: “It does not seem to be a very satisfactory way of working, and has disappointed local people and me.
“Shenley Lane is a busy thoroughfare, with a 30mph speed limit, but speeding has always been an issue, so the petition from residents was to introduce traffic calming measures.
“It’s a residential road, as there is the new Napsbury estate, but it’s also very dark and dangerous one.
“There are police checks, which is why the council accepted it was a priority.”
In December 2012, 13-year-old Daniel Handscombe was killed when he was hit by two cars crossing Shenley Lane.
Following Daniel’s death, Cllr Gordon demanded speed cameras be installed along the road, and HCC promised to look into it.
In 2015, they agreed to new traffic calming measures, but the work was delayed.
The works were then supposed to start in May this year, but were again put off until August bank holiday.
But Cllr Gordon said there have been further delays while a utility company digs up the road, and it now looks like the work will not start until next year.
“I just can’t believe there is this lack of joined-up thinking between utilities and the county council.
“They could have coordinated the whole thing together, rather than it happening in this lopsided manner.”
A HCC spokesperson said: “We understand residents’ concerns and want to reassure them that our contractor Ringway will carry out the works on behalf of the county council.
“These works have, however, been delayed to allow for Cadent to carry out essential main replacement works on Shenley Lane. Unfortunately, this scheme has resulted in the postponement of the carriageway resurfacing works until later this financial year. We aim to complete all of the works by the end of March 2018 and thank residents for their patience.”