'Rat run will be the death of someone'

PUBLISHED: 18:55 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Mutton Lane: used as a cut-through when motorway is busy

Mutton Lane: used as a cut-through when motorway is busy

SPEEDING commuters are using a street as a cut through from the M25 and putting lives at risk – that is the view of angry residents. Natives of a particularly dangerous stretch of Mutton Lane are even concerned that someone could be killed if some kind of

SPEEDING commuters are using a street as a cut through from the M25 and putting lives at risk - that is the view of angry residents.

Natives of a particularly dangerous stretch of Mutton Lane are even concerned that someone could be killed if some kind of speed restriction is not implemented.

Despite speed cameras being present in some parts of the road, it is between the railway bridge and Darkes Lane junction which is the cause of debate.

Resident Marian Palmer said: "The speed at which cars fly down the road is unbelievable. Getting in and out of my drive is so dangerous because of the speed the cars come hurtling round the corner at.

"Somebody will be killed one day."

That was a view shared by another resident, who said: "Pulling in to my drive is a nightmare.

"I stop to pull in and one minute nobody is behind me then all of a sudden a car comes round the corner at such speed and start sounding their horns.

"We have been campaigning to have something done about speed control for years but nothing is ever done.

"The council's latest idea is to put in double yellow lines, but how is that going to slow down traffic?"

Neighbour Gavin Geekie said: "I have two young children and the speed at which cars go down the road is concerning because I don't think they would be able to stop if they ran out in to the road.

"When the M25 is busy this road is used as a cut through to the South Mimms junction so we get big lorries coming down here at speed as well."

Another near neighbour said: "When the big lorries come down the street my house actually shakes. They need to be made to slow down."

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire County Council said: "The cameras that are in place in Mutton Lane would have been placed where they are because an accident pattern would have indicated that is where we had a problem.

"There are no plans to install additional cameras in this particular location because it is not an area that has come to our attention as a hazardous site.


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