A414 shuts near Welwyn Garden City... thanks to swan

WHY did the swan cross the road?

It sounds like the start of a joke, but it was no joke for motorists on the A414, who were held up this morning (Friday) due to a long-necked bird attempting to cross the eastbound junction, near WGC.

The swan was spotted on the outside lane of the dual carriageway close to the junction of the B195, at around 8.20am.

Police closed off both lanes as they attempted to shoo the bird to safety.

One eye witness who was passing in the other direction told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was like a scene from the Chuckle Brothers, as one officer was filming with a camera and another was trying to shoo a very angry swan away.”

A police spokesman said the RSPCA had been called to retrieve the swan.