A council is still dragging its heels over implementing urgent measures at a lethal crash junction which has already claimed the life of a 74-year-old woman and more recently left a man seriously injured in hospital.
Officials at Central Bedfordshire Council say they cannot comment on whether safety measures will be introduced along the A4146 Hemel Hempstead Road at its junction with Pedley Hill and Hudnall Lane, near Little Gaddesden, following the latest serious smash last week.
There have previously been calls for safety measures at the crash hotspot branded ‘lethal’ by others who have been in crashes there.
Among them is pensioner Arthur Berry whose wife Geraldine, 74, was killed when they were involved in a smash with another car back in 2012.
Mr Berry previously told the Gazette that he backed local calls to have the speed limit along Hemel Hempstead Road reduced from 60mph.
“Everybody who lives in the locality says it is accident prone,” he said.
A 36-year-old man was airlifted to hospital last week and was critically ill in hospital after his van crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a Mercedes-Benz and overturned.
He is now recovering in hospital while the Mercedes driver was taken to hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries before being released.
People living nearby say two blind bends make the junction dangerous and have been calling for a mini-roundabout for almost 10 years.
However, despite the Gazette putting a series of questions to Central Bedfordshire Council, including whether the council would consider installing safety measures following the latest major accident, a spokesman said it was too early to comment in any detail.
“We take road safety in Central Bedfordshire extremely seriously and we are very sorry indeed to hear of this incident,” said the council spokesman.
“However, until the full details of the police investigation are known, it is too early for us to say anything further.”