Resident raps Herts County Council for refusing to improve safety on Bishop's Stortford road
A Bishop’s Stortford resident who launched a petition to make Dunmow Road safer has accused Herts County Council of playing with pedestrians’ lives.
Janet Edwards led the call by householders for a traffic island close to the Spar shop to help walkers navigate the main artery into the town centre.
She enlisted the help of Herts County Cllr John Wyllie, who took up the case with the highways department but Mrs Edwards has now been told no further action is planned.
She was told: “The county council has not identified the installation of a pedestrian crossing as a priority for pedestrian improvement works within its core Integrated Transport Programme, or as a site requiring further investigation at the present time.”
The authority said it considered accident and injury records when making such decisions. Mrs Edwards was told: “The personal injury accident history at and near to this location has been investigated and this shows that there have been no collisions involving pedestrians, which have resulted in injury in the last three years. Therefore this location would not attract core funding from the county council’s annual road safety budget.”
Instead, Cllr Wyllie has agreed to consider funding a traffic, speed and volume survey to see if the site qualifies for pedestrian crossing facilities from his locality budget scheme for the new 2019-20 financial year.
Mrs Edwards said: “I think it is unfortunate that it would take an accident to either a pedestrian or involving vehicles for the council to look into this further. I have replied to John hoping that a survey could be completed, funding permitting, and I will monitor the traffic along this stretch of the road. I am disappointed with their response and as usual, comes down to finance and why it takes someone getting hurt to improve an avoidable situation.”
Mrs Edwards said she and her neighbours on Dunmow Road had witnessed a number of cars crashing into their front walls over the years.