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Dunmow Road residents call for pedestrian island on busy route

Residents of Dunmow Road in Bishop’s Stortford have launched a petition to make the busy route safer for pedestrians.

They want a traffic island near the Spar shop on the corner of Stortford Hall Park to help walkers navigate the A1250, one of the main arteries into the town centre.

Janet Edwards is behind the petition, which has attracted more than 120 signatures.

She said: “It's a very busy road with junctions of Stortford Hall Park, Urban Road and Wayletts Drive.

"Many residents are elderly and young parents with prams and young children, and they're terrified of crossing this road. If we could get a traffic island between Urban Road and Wayletts, this would at least give us a chance of crossing the road safely.

“I'm a resident on Dunmow Road and work in Spar so I know the problems and hear the worrying stories of near misses. The traffic often drives far too quickly down that stretch of road.

"We also have three secondary schools in close proximity and all use the Spar shop. My house and my immediate neighbours have had our front walls smashed by cars over the years.

“We have an island crossing on the mini roundabout to the entrance of Stortford Hall Industrial Park but this is too far up for the Urban Road/Wayletts residents. We also have the pelican crossing near Hockerill school, but this is definitely too far down the road.

"I know a zebra crossing is out of the question as it's too close to the junctions, and a pelican crossing is not wanted by residents. These two options also would not keep the traffic moving.”

Herts county councillor John Wyllie, who is also a member of the town and East Herts district councils, is looking at the issue and said: “One of the issues is the sight line for drivers – too many crossings close to each other can be dangerous and can cause traffic issues. However, officers are looking into it.”

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