Wrong way terror on A505 between Hitchin and Luton because of lack of signage, says shaken driver

PUBLISHED: 16:03 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:04 20 January 2016

The junction on the A505 where Alan Creamer says there is a lack of signage that causes motorists to drive on the wrong side of the dual carriageway.

The junction on the A505 where Alan Creamer says there is a lack of signage that causes motorists to drive on the wrong side of the dual carriageway.

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A driver on his way to Hitchin on the A505 avoided a horror head-on smash by a whisker when another motorist came hurtling towards him on the wrong side of the dual carriageway.

Road signs on Carters Lane, formerly Wibbly-Wobbly Lane, at the junction with the A505.Road signs on Carters Lane, formerly Wibbly-Wobbly Lane, at the junction with the A505.

Alan Creamer was travelling from Luton at about 7.45pm on a dark evening earlier this month when the near-tragedy happened.

“Right before the 50mph section I was in the outside lane, having just overtaken a car,” he told the Comet.

“As I rounded the bend I saw headlights approaching – and with horror I realised they were on my side of the dual carriageway!

“I just had time to swerve. Our combined speed was at least 120mph.

Another view of the junction in question.Another view of the junction in question.

“Very, very frightening – a second’s delay and we would have collided. It makes me shudder to think about it.”

The 67-year-old from Luton added that he had seen another car going the wrong way on the same section of road last year.

According to Alan, the only way this can happen is if a driver comes down Carters Lane – formerly Wibbly-Wobbly Lane – and turns directly right without crossing the first carriageway.

He says signs at the junction need to be improved to stop this happening.

“There are no lights there, no ‘No Entry’ signs on the first carriageway, nothing painted on the road,” he said.

“Something must be done – you could have five dead in one hit.”

Alan has told Herts County Council about his safety concerns and a County Hall spokesman said: “As you approach the A505 from Carters Lane there is a sign warning of a dual carriageway ahead, a ‘Give Way’ sign and two signs on either side of the exit warning motorists that they should not turn immediately left or right. We will investigate whether a further ‘No Entry’ sign might be necessary.

“We encourage residents to voice any concerns which they might have about their local roads with their county councillor.

“If residents are aware of motorists driving illegally, they should also contact the police.”

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