‘We’re still waiting for double yellow lines on congested danger road’

Problems with parking and traffic in Felden Lane, Hemel Hempstead.'Jean Houston second from left.

Problems with parking and traffic in Felden Lane, Hemel Hempstead.'Jean Houston second from left.

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Campaigners are still waiting for double yellow lines to be painted on a ‘death trap’ blind bend.

Commuters have been blamed for parking dangerously along Felden Lane, near Hemel Hempstead railway station, and the finger has also been pointed at builders working nearby.

Jean Houston, of nearby Sheethanger Lane, said: “Someone will be killed because there is also no pavement and children use that route to get to school. We have had several head-on collisions and two cars have landed on their roofs.

“The madness is that just a few weeks ago the road was closed for resurfacing and they painted all the old lines back again but they didn’t do the double yellow lines.”

The Gazette previously reported that county councillor Richard Roberts is paying for the double yellow lines, expected to cost up to £6,000, from his highways locality budget.

But unfortunately, said Mr Roberts, installing double yellow lines is not a quick process and there is a strict legal system to work through.

“There will have to be an informal and formal consultation before a decision is taken to put the signs up and double yellow lines,” he said.

“Residents will be contacted shortly.

“It is in the budget for this year, but it won’t happen overnight.

“I think the lines will probably go down next spring. If I can get them quicker I will.

“I wish I could click my fingers or wave a magic wand but unfortunately the traffic regulation order that allows you to put the paint on the ground seems to take a long time.”