50mph limit call for 'danger' road

PUBLISHED: 09:57 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 May 2010

THE stretch of the A505 at the turning for Ashwell and Morden railway station. 3305DW009

THE stretch of the A505 at the turning for Ashwell and Morden railway station. 3305DW009

CALLS have been made for a speed restriction of 50mph to be imposed on part of the A505 following a spate of accidents. Neil Sizeland, from Sandon, contacted The Crow after a car overturned near the Slip End junction last Wednesday. No one was seriously

CALLS have been made for a speed restriction of 50mph to be imposed on part of the A505 following a spate of accidents.

Neil Sizeland, from Sandon, contacted The Crow after a car overturned near the Slip End junction last Wednesday.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, but it came just days after a woman died when the car she was travelling in left the road near the Ashwell junction and hit a tree.

Mr Sizeland said: "I don't know how many more accidents are going to have to happen before anything is done about this road.

"The one last Wednesday could easily have been another fatality.

"They have put speed cameras all along the road, but so many of the junctions are dangerous to get out of, especially in winter, when they are not usually gritted.

"The only way to slow people down is to put a 50mph speed limit in."

Stephen Williams, from Saffron Walden, regularly drives to Ashwell to see his granddaughter, and has been concerned about the junction for some time.

He said: "The A505 is a very fast road, and cars have to cross traffic to get to and from Ashwell and Morden Station.

"The junction is quite dangerous and appears to be in need of repair."

Hertfordshire Police's most recent accident figures, which cover the period from September 2007-September 2008, show that there were 12 "slight injury" road traffic collisions and one "serious injury" collision on the A505 during that time.

Cllr Tony Hunter, county councillor for North Herts Rural, said: "It does seem that the number of accidents has been increasing recently, which is a cause for concern.

"However, I know that Highways is already looking at the Ashwell turning to see what can be done to improve it.

"If people have a worry about a particular stretch of road, I would encourage them to call the fault line and make the council aware of the problem."

Royston MP Oliver Heald believes a 50mph limit zone may be useful near the problematic junction.

He said: "A reduced speed zone near Ashwell could be of some use.

"Having lived in Royston for more than 30 years, I've seen a lot of improvements made on both the A505 and the A10, and I would just ask drivers to ensure that they watch their speed."

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Highways said there were "no plans" to reduce the speed limit on the road at present.

He said: "At present the national speed limit applies to the A505, and safety cameras have been in place along the road for some time. These were upgraded last year.

"If people are concerned about the road they can contact their local area office in writing or via our website.

"We also accept petitions, and any with more than 30 signatures will be presented to the Highways Joint Member Panel."

The Hertfordshire Highways website can be found at www.hertsdirect.org, while the fault line number is 01438 737320.

This is not the first time a lower speed limit has been suggested for the A505.

Last year farmer Robert Law suggested a 60mph limit be imposed after an accident saw him lose a number of sheep when a trailer overturned.

Mr Law said at the time: "I've been farming here for 27 years and in that time the A505 has just got more and more dangerous.

"The road is lethal and something needs to be done.

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