Complaints continue about A10 speed limit scheme

PUBLISHED: 13:27 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 11 May 2010

WORRIED residents have continued to flood highways officers with complaints about proposals to raise the speed limit on a section of the A10. The plans, exclusively revealed in The Crow last month, would see a 40mph buffer zone imposed on the road betwe

WORRIED residents have continued to flood highways officers with complaints about proposals to raise the speed limit on a section of the A10.

The plans, exclusively revealed in The Crow last month, would see a 40mph "buffer zone" imposed on the road between Shrubbery Grove and the turning for The Warren. Currently the speed limit for this section is 30mph.

People living in the area have been making their feelings known to Hertfordshire Highways during an informal consultation period.

Mic (CORRECT) Brooks, of Layston Park, described the speed reached by some motorists in the area as "horrific".

In a letter to highways bosses he said: "I consider the existing road situation dangerous. The speed reached by some vehicles on this stretch can only be described as horrific, particularly in the evenings and at night.

"The possibility of a heavy vehicle out of control crashing through the barrier into the High Street doesn't bare contemplation."

David Gower, of London Road, said: "Having lived here for 25 years it is obvious that the current limit is acknowledged only in the breaking.

"The A10 is already a dangerous enough road, as witnessed by the constant stream of blue lights which speed past our house.

"I can see no point in a more lax speed limit, which will only worsen the problem."

Another resident, Linda Read, added: "The 40mph buffer zone heading east on Newmarket Road starts after the last residential road and is approximately 400metres long. Why can't the same apply to the A10?

"As the advert says, it's 30 for a reason - unless it's proven that this reason no longer exists. I fail to see how this proposal can be justified."

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Highways had previously said that speed surveys carried out on the A10 suggested that the 30mph limit "could be considered inappropriate".

He added that no decision had yet been taken on whether to go ahead with the plans.


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