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"Safer A507" Petitioners Disappointed by Decision of Hertfordshire Tories

September 23, 2017 9:47 AM
Originally published by Nick Hollinghurst - Working for Tring, Working for Britain, Working for You!

A507 ()Huge volumes of traffic, sharp bends, low bridges have been causing problems for years on the A507, which, for an "A" road, is quite narrow in places. Villages are plagued with congestion and pollution and HGVs have difficulty in passing each other in several places. In addition, there have been numerous bridge strikes as larger HGVs, misled by inaccurate satvav, are too tall to get under the Baldock railway bridge.

A well organised campaign has provided detailed evidence and organised a well-supported petition asking for traffic to be regulated or for the road to be improved.

A507 Petitioners ()

A507 Petitioners

They have called for, in particular, the:

  • reclassification of the A507 from 'A' road to 'B' status between A1(M) Junction 10 (Baldock services roundabout) and the junction with the A19 in Buntingford;
  • introduction of a 7.5 tonne weight limit for HGVs on the A507 (except for local access);
  • identification of other more specific and local measures to assist in addressing the issues raised in the petition.

However, after considerable discussion the Highways Cabinet Panel decided only to recommend to Cabinet the following:

  • To initiate a project to develop and consult upon a 7.5t weight limit proposal on the A507 funded by the 2018/19 Integrated Plan and submit for future consideration by the Panel;
  • Not to proceed with a re-classification of the A507 at this stage, but ensure that the issues were considered within the Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4) process;
  • Investigate whether funding could be secured to enforce weight limit restrictions.

The first and the third recommendations were agreed unanimously, but the decision not to re-classify the A507 was opposed by the Lib Dem and Labour groups. The Conservative members, however, all voted in favour of not proceeding and this recommend went forward on the basis of an 8:4 vote.

Pictures supplied by the A507 campaigners.