Calls for safety measures on ‘unacceptable’ major road in Hemel Hempstead

Junction between Queensway and Great Road, Hemel Hempstead
Junction between Queensway and Great Road, Hemel Hempstead

A county councillor has urged Herts’ highways department to take urgent action on one of Hemel Hempstead’s main arteries through the town centre.

Liberal Democrat Ron Tindall has written to highways and transport officer for Herts County Council Rob Smith to push for improvement works to be made on Queensway, about which he has concerns on behalf of members of his division.

He wrote: “To my knowledge, Queensway last had major surfacing work carried out in September 2012. It therefore testifies to the heavy use of the road and the need for regular attention that the surface is after only 18 months breaking up in a considerable number of places, and becoming seriously potholed and pitted.

“I can assure you that the surface is in no way ‘acceptable’. I ask that an urgent inspection of the whole length of the road be carried out and work subsequently done to bring Queensway up to an acceptable level.”

Mr Tindall highlighted the two major areas of concern as the highway’s junction with Redbourn Road on the exit of the roundabout, and at its junction with Great Road.

The latter of the two dangerous areas was highlighted by motorcyclist Gareth Hall as unsafe earlier this month.

The Lib Dem councillor, who represents the Hemel Hempstead St Pauls division, also called for pedestrian crossing facilities to be installed at the junction with Great Road, due to its use by Adeyfield School pupils in the morning and afternoons, and by elderly residents visiting shops and doctors services at The Heights.

The 40mph road is also expected to be used even more by pedestrians once the Jupiter Community Free School is established nearby in 2015.

Matthew Kelley, divisional manager for the county’s highways contractor Ringway, said: “We are aware of the condition on this particular stretch of carriageway.

“We have been carrying out temporary repairs to maintain the road where appropriate. The road is under consideration for future works in the next financial year.”