Will £65,000 humps solve problem of Berkhamsted smash blackspot?

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Plans are being made to install six new flat top road humps costing up to £65,000 in an area that has been dubbed an accident hotspot.

Herts Highways has also proposed that new speed signs and coloured surfaces are installed in Gravel Path, Berkhamsted, to warn drivers of the potential danger there.

Michael Locke, coordinator of the Safer Gravel Path Action Group.

Michael Locke, coordinator of the Safer Gravel Path Action Group.

Roads chiefs also suggest new ‘Welcome to Berkhamsted, Please Drive Carefully’ signs go on the gateway to the road, which leads vehicles into the town from the Ashridge Estate.

Gravel Path bends and gets narrower as drivers go down a steep hill from the secluded beauty spot. People who live there are campaigning for its speed limit to be reduced from 30mph to 20mph.

Safer Gravel Path Action Group coordinator Michael Locke said it could take a year or two for the changes to be introduced, if they are given the go-ahead. He said: “We would like whatever is helpful to be introduced as soon as possible, but one to two years is not unreasonable.”

The action group has about 50 members, who Mr Locke is now consulting on how to respond to the proposals.