Summit meeting on 'danger road'

PUBLISHED: 09:31 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 May 2010

THE junction on the A505

THE junction on the A505

A SUMMIT meeting has been called in a bid to resolve problems at a dangerous road junction. Representatives from Ashwell and Steeple Morden Parish Councils will meet county councillors and officers from Hertfordshire Highways at the junction on February

A SUMMIT meeting has been called in a bid to resolve problems at a "dangerous" road junction.

Representatives from Ashwell and Steeple Morden Parish Councils will meet county councillors and officers from Hertfordshire Highways at the junction on February 27 to try to come up with ways to make the Odsey junction on the A505 safer.

Cllr Linda Oliver, who represents the Mordens ward on Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The way the junction is at the moment is very dangerous. The main problem is that the white lines are worn away, and you've got traffic going in two different directions that doesn't know where to stop.

"You have to be very careful when driving across."

Cllr Oliver believes the junction would benefit from longer slip roads, and that the lines indicating where vehicles must stop should be moved forward so that priorities are clearer.

"Something needs to be done, and at the moment progress is very slow," she said.

The Odsey junction has been a problematic area for a number of years, and in January Royston MP Oliver Heald told The Crow that he would back a 50mph limit being imposed on that particular stretch of the A505.

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

Safety at the junction came under the microscope once more last month after the death of Joyce Littlewood.

The 79-year old from Letchworth was killed after the car she was travelling in was in collision with a van near the junction. Her husband was also injured in the smash.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Highways said there were "no plans" to reduce the speed limit on the A505, but that updated safety cameras had been installed near the junction last year.

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