MP welcomes planned road safety improvements on A10 and A507

16:58 13 January 2014

Oliver Heald MP for Royston

Oliver Heald MP for Royston

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Royston’s MP has welcomed planned improvements to a stretch of road which has seen two fatalities in the last six months.

Oliver Heald and a group of councillors from Buntingford met Hertfordshire County Council highways officers last week to inspect a stretch of the A507 between Buntingford and Cottered.

Following the meeting, work will be carried out on the A507 to maintain and dress the road surface, while further analysis will be undertaken about improved road signage and other safety measures that could be put in place.

Mr Heald, MP for North East Herts, said: “My constituents and I have been concerned about road safety on this road following recent tragic accidents.

“Local councillors have also been pressing for action and it is good to know that a start is being made on these new improvement and prevention measures.”

At the end of July, musician Mick Willman, of Cottered, died following a two-vehicle crash on the A507 near the village.

Then in October, Royston man Jamie Horgan, 28, was killed in an accident when his car left the road near the Throcking turning on the A507.

The inspection party also visited another accident blackspot – a stretch of the A10 near Puckeridge. In October, two teenage girls – Charlotte Dove, 17, and Daniella Ruggeiro, 18 - were killed while on their way to Royston, where they were studying to be dance teachers at The Dance Academy. The car they were travelling in hit a deer and then collided with another vehicle. The girls were pronounced dead at the scene.

An enhanced programme of inspection of the deer fence alongside the A10 has been approved, together with measures for speedy emergency works where fence gaps are discovered.

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