Yellow lines introduced to tackle hazardous parking in Radlett

A car parked on Watling Street prevents double yellow lines from being painted so a single yellow li

A car parked on Watling Street prevents double yellow lines from being painted so a single yellow line is painted - Credit: Archant

After months of unruly drivers creating an “accident waiting to happen” by parking on a major Radlett road, a county councillor has taken matters into her own hands.

A car parked on Watling Street prevents double yellow lines from being painted so a single yellow li

A car parked on Watling Street prevents double yellow lines from being painted so a single yellow line is painted - Credit: Archant

Cllr Caroline Clapper took action to get double yellow lines painted on Watling Street - even though cars were still parked on the A road.

The decision to enforce the emergency works came after she received countless complaints about the danger the cars imposed.

For reasons unknown cars began parking on the main road late last year, creating a risk to those pulling out of side roads and other motorists.

Cllr Clapper said: “We had never had it before and it just got worse. I guess one person did it and then people saw other people doing it and thought it was OK.

Gaps in double yellow lines painted on Watling Street caused by parked cars

Gaps in double yellow lines painted on Watling Street caused by parked cars - Credit: Archant


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“It’s an accident waiting to happen and I think rather than getting to a point where an accident has to happen we wanted to take action.”

She used money from her locality budget and an emergency traffic order to get the lines painted on the road on March 21.

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The order allows the work to be carried out quickly with a consultation held at a later date.

Despite notices being put up to let drivers know about the works, there were still cars parked on the road when it took place, which resulted in gaps in the paintwork.

The gaps have since been amended, and Cllr Clapper added: “I’ve always said I would use my locality budget for issues that reflect residents’ concerns so it was only right this was sorted.”

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