Police failed to enforce speed limit on road where Royston apprentice died

18:07 07 August 2014

Flowers on the road where Jack Alexander, 20, died on July 17

Flowers on the road where Jack Alexander, 20, died on July 17

Archant

Police did not enforce the speed limit on a road where a 20-year-old motorcyclist died despite knowing that drivers regularly exceeded it.

A traffic survey carried out by Herts police in September 2013 on Royston Road, Baldock, showed that the 85 percentile – the fastest speed within which 85 per cent of drivers travelled – was 52mph on the 40mph road.

Jack Alexander, who had just finished working as an apprentice at Thermal Engineering in Royston, died on the road on July 17 after his motorbike was in collision with a van.

The survey also revealed that the road – which connects Royston to Baldock – lacked the necessary number of signs, without which police could not enforce the speed limit.

These were installed by Herts County Council in December 2013 but a spokesman for the force said there had been no enforcement because other locations had a higher priority.

Jonathan Burge, who has been raising the issue with authorities for months and has yet to have a reply from police, said: “I am absolutely disgusted at the lack of action.

“It’s so dangerous I’ve decided to move, but unless something is done to try and control speeding drivers there are bound to be more accidents.”

Herts police chief inspector for Donna Pierce said: “We are aware of the concerns raised by residents in Royston Road, Baldock, in relation to speed enforcement at this location.

“We fully appreciate how emotive this subject is, particularly in light of the tragic death of a man at the location recently, and we are continuing to work with Herts County Council to look at the safety of this location.

“I will be looking into the perceived lack of response to Mr Burge and will be contacting all parties once the circumstances of what has happened are established.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

14:48
Orjan and Ulf Weston in combat at Royston Museum's Viking Day. Picture: Clive Porter

A Norse-style takeover saw more than 200 visitors flock to Royston and District Museum on Saturday for some family-friendly fun.

Yesterday, 17:48
Museum Assistant Jenny Benton took part in a pirate themed craft day at Royston Museum.

There was plenty of treasure to be discovered at Royston Museum on Wednesday as they held a pirate-themed craft session.

Yesterday, 08:29
Callum Constant won a silver medal at the UK Street Dance Championships.

A freestyle dancer from Royston has fought off tough competition to win his first-ever medal in a national final – and he’s never had a dance lesson in his life.

Sunday, August 21, 2016
Melbourn Cadet Matthew Karner has become a Royal Navy Officer after an intense training programme in Devon. Picture: Craig Keating

A navy cadet from Melbourn has celebrated his commissioning as a Royal Navy officer in front of family and friends at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon.

”North

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up