No way for ambulances

PUBLISHED: 11:13 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009

The squeeze… parked cars to the right and the left leave a narrow strip for traffic to get through

The squeeze… parked cars to the right and the left leave a narrow strip for traffic to get through

PARKERS are now putting lives at risk on a nightmare road, according to ambulance and fire crews. Ascots Lane in WGC has notoriously been a bad road to pass, as visitors to the QE2 Hospital avoid costly parking charges. Until recently drivers would par

PARKERS are now putting lives at risk on a nightmare road, according to ambulance and fire crews.

Ascots Lane in WGC has notoriously been a bad road to pass, as visitors to the QE2 Hospital avoid costly parking charges.

Until recently drivers would park on one side of the road, while parking half up the verge on the opposite side.

In a bid to sort the problem out, Welwyn Hatfield Council installed new barriers, funded by Hertfordshire County Council, to stop people parking on the grass verge.

But motorists have called the WHT to say the road can now become completely impassable at times.

One WGC man, who uses the road daily to and from work in Hatfield, branded the road a "nightmare".

He said: "The cars on both sides mean you have to just go without seeing what's coming.

"It's dangerous, someone is going to get killed."

Another driver and father-of-two added: "It's the drivers who've parked there who really deserve a medal 'for services towards congestion'."

An spokesman for the ambulance service, whose headquarters are based off Ascots Lane, said: "It's almost impassable if a car is coming towards you.

"This could have an effect on crews attending life threatening calls as time is crucial getting to the scene."

Steve Cartwright, a watch commander at WGC fire station, added: "We haven't come across the situation where we've had to barge through parked cars but it's not far away."

A county council spokeswoman said: "We are aware of some concerns locally about safety on this road and we will look into these concerns and take any appropriate action if we feel it's required.

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