Call for action to calm danger road

PUBLISHED: 12:16 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

The scene of the crash

The scene of the crash

A GROUP of residents are in despair after another vehicle left a busy road and collided with their homes. People in Park Street, Hitchin, are concerned someone will get killed if Herts Highways does not take action to make the road safer after another car

A GROUP of residents are in despair after another vehicle left a busy road and collided with their homes.

People in Park Street, Hitchin, are concerned someone will get killed if Herts Highways does not take action to make the road safer after another car, a Vauxhall Corsa, carrying two passengers, collided with 4 and 5 Horseshoe Cottages on Friday shortly before 8pm.

In the last three years there have been around 16 similar incidences outside the cottages, causing damage worth thousands of pounds.

Four of the collisions caused slight injury and one involved serious injury

Nina Wheeler, 76, and her partner John Everitt, 73, said they would move if the housing market was stable.

Ms Wheeler said: "The bang was horrendous! It's going to cost around £2,000 to correct the damage. It's damaged the pillars on our raised steps, our garden pots and all the railings including our iron gate.

"If the housing market wasn't like it is, I would sell up because I'm frightened it's going to happen again."

Living next door is Garry Kifford who said: "Fortunately neither myself nor my neighbours were injured. But had I been standing on my steps outside my house, or had my neighbour been watering her front garden, there would have been a fatality.

"On many occasions we are woken by increasingly accelerating cars 'bombing' along the road. You literally have a shiver run down your spine as you hope they get past without causing a collision."

Mr Kifford is also concerned the number of heavy lorries travelling along Park Street and mounting the pavement is going to soar.

"The problem is destined only to worsen with the redevelopment of Hitchin town centre.

"Since the traffic calming on Whitehill and the weight restrictions on Hollow Lane, heavy goods lorries have no other access to the town centre other than down Park Street. And because of the speed bumps on Whitehill, boy racers choose instead to drive down Park Street, hence the number of incidents."

Mr Kifford has written to local MP Peter Lilley, the Highways Agency and Herts County Council in a bid to get the problem solved.

He continued: "Our road needs a proper kerb and a total rethink regarding parked cars, possible speed cameras, weight restrictions, a one-way system and crash barriers to protect pedestrians and properties."

A Herts Highways spokesman confirmed the road is not on its programme for traffic calming.

"In March we will be resurfacing the road and we are looking into the possibility of using this as an opportunity to make changes to the road markings to improve safety," he said.

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