Crash near primary school sparks further calls for road safety measures

PUBLISHED: 07:53 21 February 2018

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, St Michael's headteacher Jan Martin, and concerned parents Neil Hughes and Carly Mehmut. Picture: Supplied.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, St Michael's headteacher Jan Martin, and concerned parents Neil Hughes and Carly Mehmut. Picture: Supplied.

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A crash at "an accident black spot" close to a primary school has re-ignited calls for a speed limit reduction.

A woman, thought to be in her 20s, was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage following a two-car crash in Woolmer Green on Monday afternoon.

Following the crash near St Michael’s Primary School, villagers have once again called for safety measures.

Neil Hughes said: “Accidents have happened on a few occasions over the last few years at the same spot and not far from the school.

“I walk my children through the exact spot where it happened and it’s frightening to imagine that happening around school time.

“If any child/adult had been walking on the path at the time, it would have resulted in serious injury or death and the accident was only an hour prior to school finishing.”

Mr Hughes believes the speed limit should be changed from 40mph to 30mph from the top of the hill/bridge through to the Vauxhall garage.

He is also calling for a 20mph limit outside the school during its opening and closing times, an automated crossing outside the Red Lion pub and more protective barriers outside the school - especially on the island.

St Michael’s headteacher Jan Martin said: “I was teaching at the time of the accident.

“It makes me feel very concerned.

“If it had happened at school pick-up, goodness knows what could have happened to any of the children.

“It’s another example of how dangerous the road is.

“It’s the second quite serious accident since September.”

Sarah McGuinness, who is a parent to a child at St Michael’s, said: “I was absolutely horrified to see yet another accident at the junction in our village right outside our primary school.

“We are counting our lucky stars it wasn’t an hour later when children would have been walking on both pavements - maybe someone would listen if a child was killed - what an inconceivable thought.

“We, as parents and residents, have campaigned often for the speed limit to be reduced to 30mph and for the London Road/Mardleybury Road junction to be made safer.”

Susanna Mateu, who lives in Woolmer Green and has a child at St Michael’s, added: “Last April I was involved in an accident when I stopped outside the school at 8.50am so the families with their children could cross the road.

“As I result I was involved in an accident with two other cars behind me.

“Luckily I only needed physiotherapy but I guess I’m lucky to be here.

“On Monday, I was going back home at 2pm when I saw the fire brigade and four or five police cars at the junction outside the Chequers pub and the destroyed car.

“It really made me anxious seeing this so, I dropped my car at home and went back there to see if I could be of any help.

“What I saw made me very upset and angry.

“These accidents must stop and someone needs to take action immediately before someone dies.

Another concerned resident told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Yet another accident at this accident black spot.

“One car went across the pavement and into the fence of the house next to Woolmer Green school.

“At certain times of the day this pavement is full of young school children.”

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