‘Do something before more people get hurt or die’ – Letchworth man launches petition to make A1(M) safer in wake of serious Stevenage crash

Phil Bradwell launched the petition after news of a man being seriously injured in a crash on the A1

Phil Bradwell launched the petition after news of a man being seriously injured in a crash on the A1(M) near Junction 7 for Stevenage on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

A petition launched at the weekend to make the Junction 6 to 10 stretch of the A1(M) safer has already attracted more than 280 signatures, with many drivers saying the road is dangerous.

Philip Bradwell has launched a petition calling for the A1(M) to be made safer.

Philip Bradwell has launched a petition calling for the A1(M) to be made safer. - Credit: Archant

Phil Bradwell from Letchworth started the petition on Sunday after he heard about a crash the day before involving a Lamborghini just before Junction 7 for Stevenage which left a man in a critical condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Police have said today that the man, in his 20s and from London, is now in a stable condition.

Figures obtained by the Comet under the Freedom of Information Act show there were 192 collisions between Junction 6 for Welwyn and Junction 10 for Baldock Services in 2015, and the same number in 2014 – that averages one every other day.

Phil, who uses the A1(M) to get to work in Welwyn Garden City, said: “There have been so many accidents it’s crazy. Whether it is widening the road or installing average speed cameras, something needs to be done before more people get hurt or die.”

Phil’s wife, Nikki, was involved in an accident last year between Junction 9 for Letchworth Gate and Junction 8 for Stevenage, when she dislocated her shoulder.


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Phil said: “It still dislocates quite frequently because she has hypermobility, she’s in pain every day.”

Among those who have signed Phil’s petition, which is aimed at Highways England, is Emma Manderson from Stotfold.

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She said: “This road is becoming more and more dangerous as more houses are built along this part of the A1(M) and an increasing amount of cars are joining the A1(M).

“The two lanes cannot sustain the amount of traffic and the number of serious accidents cannot be ignored.”

Ronel Pieterse from Stevenage said: “This is one of the busiest roads I’ve ever experienced.

“It is unsafe and needs to be widened to carry the number of cars.”

A Highways England spokesman said: “Although we don’t currently have safety concerns about the A1(M) between Junctions 6 and 10, we recognise it is a busy stretch of road.

“We announced in our Road Delivery Plan last year we would be looking at options to increase capacity on the A1 between junctions 6 and 8. Work on this scheme is expected to begin in 2019 and details will be available nearer the time.”

To sign the petition, visit change.org/p/hertfordshire-county-council-make-a1-j10-to-j6-safer

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