Village main road safety measures to be reviewed

RESIDENTS pushing for an urgent review of a road which splits their village in two have been granted their wish.

Woolmer Green villagers took part in a referendum thanks to funding from Welwyn county councillor Richard Smith’s locality budget to pay for printing the leaflet.

The parish council is proposing a range of possible measures, including limit changes, traffic calming and junction improvements along the B197 London Road, which is the main non-motorway route connecting Knebworth to Welwyn.

Of the 1,071 leaflets circulated, 669 replies were received, of which 96 per cent were in favour of the proposals.

Parish councillor Judith Watson told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “This road splits the village in two and, having only one standard pedestrian crossing has, for a long time, been a subject of discussion and hoped-for improvement.

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“The speed limit along this stretch of what used to be the old Great North Road is 40mph even though the school and the pre-school both face on to the road.

“A discussion document was circulated to all residents suggesting various ways of making the road more ‘villagey’.”

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On Thursday the parish council’s road committee met with Sanjay Patel from Herts Highways, who agreed to urgently review the situation.

Cllr Watson added: “This is an excellent outcome and something awaited by villagers for over 25 years.”

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