Should 'dangerous' road be one-way?

COUNCILLORS are looking for residents’ support before they push for the introduction of a one-way system on “a dangerous road”.

Central Bedfordshire Council members Lewis Birt and Tony Brown, who represent the Shefford ward, are asking residents of New Street in Shefford if they would like to see a one-way system introduced.

“Conversations have been had about it for years, now we have issued a survey to see if it’s wanted by residents,” said Cllr Birt.

“New Street has got no footpaths and it’s a route to school for children. It’s very narrow and restricted and it’s quite a dangerous road. It’s got a dodgy right-hand bend in the middle of it.

“If residents want it, we will be pushing it through at Central Bedfordshire Council to get something done urgently.”

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One New Street resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s certainly something I’m in favour of, mainly because in the mornings it gets very congested with cars trying to go both ways to and from the school run – it’s not really wide enough for that, with cars parked on the side of it.

“The worst bit is the corner with George Street, where you quite often get cars reversing out of the way when they try to turn left down New Street but realise there’s something coming towards them.

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“There’s no footpath down most of New Street, so it is quite dangerous.”

The deadline for responses to the survey, which has been delivered to New Street residents, is Friday.

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