Stevenage taxi driver's call for action over hazardous parking and poor condition of roads

PUBLISHED: 07:02 04 January 2018

Sefton Road in Stevenage is earmarked for repair works between 2018 and 2020. CREDIT: HCC.

Sefton Road in Stevenage is earmarked for repair works between 2018 and 2020. CREDIT: HCC.

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Police have taken action over drivers repeatedly parking at junctions, but a taxi driver is calling for more to be done about the "accident waiting to happen".

Concern has been raised about drivers parking dangerously at junctions in Stevenage.Concern has been raised about drivers parking dangerously at junctions in Stevenage.

The cab driver, who does not want to be named, said the junctions of Eliot Road and Anderson Road, and Ferrier Road and Christie Road in Stevenage are hazardous due to reckless motorists parking at junctions, restricting the view for other drivers.

She said: “It’s an accident waiting to happen, but the council is not willing to look into yellow lines for safety.”

In an email seen by the Comet, Herts County Council told her there is probably a case for more double yellow lines on some junctions, but that these particular junctions are not currently at the top of the council’s priority list.

The local authority warned that any proposed introduction of additional parking restrictions would require a formal consultation to be carried out, and experience showed that objections would likely be received.

Concern has been raised about drivers parking dangerously at junctions in Stevenage.Concern has been raised about drivers parking dangerously at junctions in Stevenage.

A spokesman for Herts police said: “We have carried out targeted patrols and several warning letters have been issued to owners of the offending vehicles.”

The frustrated taxi driver says the condition of roads in Stevenage is also getting worse.

According to her, roads in the worst condition include Bandley Rise, Featherstone Road, Sefton Road and Grace Way.

She said: “Bandley Rise was due to be repaired two years ago, but the work was not done, and the bottom of Grace Way - at the junction with Fairlands Way - hasn’t been touched. Stevenage has got worse.”

Concern has been raised about drivers parking dangerously at junctions in Stevenage.Concern has been raised about drivers parking dangerously at junctions in Stevenage.

Ralph Sangster, the county council’s Cabinet member for highways, said: “We have plans for works on sections of Sefton Road and Grace Way between 2018 and 2020. The dates will be confirmed once we have assessed what the best treatment type will be for these areas.

“While there are no planned works for Bandley Rise or Featherstone Road over the next couple of years, we want to reassure residents that we do review the programme on a regular basis.”

* Do you think parking in Stevenage is hazardous in some areas? What do you think about the general state of the roads in the town? Email news@thecomet.net.

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