A505 campaign gets a boost as Royston MP pushes for change
PUBLISHED: 15:58 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:45 03 August 2016
The founder of a campaign group to make the A505 between Royston and Baldock safer met with authority figures including Sir Oliver Heald MP, and Herts County Councillors Tony Hunter and Fiona Hill at a meeting on Monday.
Lynsey Langdon, whose husband Greig was hospitalised after a crash on the road at the Slip End Junction, said: “It was a really positive meeting. We were pushing for road safety improvements on that stretch of road to be put at the top of the pile.
“I was so surprised by the amount of people there – including two road experts from Herts County Council. I took them down to the road and went through what happened.
“It was a really positive meeting. The MP and councillors were really supportive, saying ‘come on this is getting ridiculous’ – Oliver Heald was really going for it, saying we need action to make it safer.
“In the next few months, they said they will sort signs and white lines – the signage is looking tatty. They will put arrows up telling people which way to drive, as some people have driven the wrong way.
“It was nice to meet all of those people face to face, after sending back and forth so many emails – Fiona Hill is lovely. Greig is still suffering really badly with the pain.”
Sir Oliver echoed Lynsey’s enthusiasm about the meeting. He said: “We had a good look at where the accident happened. The officers from the council said it was worth looking at the whole stretch of road, and that they would like to do a feasibility study. They need to get funding to do that.
“Some of the junctions could end up being closed, and they will see whether or not it would be worth putting in a roundabout.”
A Hertfordshire County Council spokesman said: “It was a positive meeting. The council recognises the challenges of the A505 and is already in the process of carrying out road marking and signing work to alleviate issues at some of the junctions.
“We will also be putting together a bid for funding in 2017/18 to carry out a comprehensive study of the road. If successful, this will take the form of a feasibility report which will look at the speed of traffic, vehicle turning movements and the personal injury collision history, among other things, in the study area. We will then analyse the findings to see what further work, if any, can be carried out.”