Mum fed up over traffic calming
PUBLISHED: 12:05 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010
A FED-UP mum says that traffic calming measures in her village have made matters worse. Kate Tyler, 35, of Hexton Road in Lilley, says that 15 speed humps in a half-mile stretch through the village are causing people to drive dangerously because they are
A FED-UP mum says that traffic calming measures in her village have made matters worse.
Kate Tyler, 35, of Hexton Road in Lilley, says that 15 speed humps in a half-mile stretch through the village are causing people to drive dangerously because they are frustrated.
The humps, plus two chicanes, were installed earlier this year in a bid to control speeding traffic.
But Mrs Tyler feels there are too many humps.
"It's more dangerous now because people are overtaking on the road humps.
"You get people not giving way at the chicanes because it's so frustrating. It's dangerous.
"There are going to be more accidents because of that than there were before it."
Mrs Tyler is also unhappy about the quality of work to install the safety measures.
Of the two chicanes installed, one had give way signs both sides, leading to much confusion, and the other had its sign installed in a hedge.
Both of these problems have now been resolved but Mrs Tyler says that four or five humps still need to be fixed as they are too big, and one is peeling off the road.
She said: "They've just wasted a lot of taxpayers' money to make a road more dangerous and they're going to have to come back to re-do it.
"It's just appalling.
"I say remove half of the humps.
"I just think all they needed was a couple of speed cameras."
A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: "A traffic calming scheme was carried out in Lilley to reduce speeds through the village and prevent motorists using the village as a cut through.
"Once the scheme was completed, routine inspections were conducted and we identified some areas for improvement.
"The signs on the approach to the chicanes both said 'give way' as it was intended that drivers approaching from both directions would give way to drivers in between the two chicanes.
"It became apparent quite quickly that the signs were causing some confusion to drivers so these were amended so that only drivers travelling in one direction are required to give way.
"We also identified that three of the speed humps were too high.
"They were 105mm high instead of 75mm high.
"The height was reduced on these humps approximately two weeks ago and letters have been sent to residents to inform them of this.
"An after-study of speed and volume of traffic has just been completed and we should have the results shortly.