Safety could be improved on Woolmer Green danger road

PUBLISHED: 09:27 12 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:28 12 September 2013

Parish clerk Janet Pearce, headteacher Brendan Mallon

Parish clerk Janet Pearce, headteacher Brendan Mallon

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SAFETY could be improved on a road that snakes through a village after years of campaigning.

The speed limit on the B197 as it passes through Woolmer Green could eventually be reduced after years of passionate lobbying from Woolmer Green residents.

Herts Highways has launched a consultation on plans to reduce the width of London Road and introduce traffic calming measures.

The village’s parish council has been leading the calls for action and spelled out plans in the Woolmer Green Parish Plan.

Parish council clerk, Janet Pearce, said: “It is a very old road, it was formally part of the A1 before the motorway was built.

“It is a very wide road, you have to walk right past it for the school, it is a concern for parents and a concern for the school.”

The speed limit is currently 40mph but it is hoped it could be reduced to 30mph eventually if the improvements take place.

Entrance and exit gateways could also be built, with parking bays removed.

There could also be a no waiting restriction slapped in the village.

The headteacher of the village’s primary school, which sits by the road, backs the plans and a petition supporting speed reduction was passed to county hall in 2009.

Brendan Mallon, of St. Michael’s Woolmer Green School, told the WHT: “I’m very happy, initially the idea was to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, but that wasn’t possible.

“What the action group want now is classic traffic calming measures to give it more of a village feel, so people try to slow down, I’m hoping it will have a very positive effect.”

The consultation started on Monday and finishes on September 27.

A Herts county Council spokesman said: ““


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