'Nothing will be done until someone dies' - neighbours react to another crash in Watford road

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Emergency services were called to a car crash this morning in Watford.

Police and ambulance were called at 9.58 to the junction at Hempstead Road and Courtlands Drive after reports that two cars had crashed.

Police are still on the scene awaiting for vehicle recovery, but the road is no longer blocked.

The cars involved were a blue Honda Jazz and a blue Toyota Prius and no one was injured.

A nearby resident has said that there had been a few accidents at the junction recently and he is worried nothing will be done until someone dies.

Gary Nicholls lives in Nascot Wood Drive and was alerted to the crash by his wife.

Mr Nicholls said: "I’m a paramedic in London so went down to see if I could do anything when I heard.

"There has been a lot of near misses at the junction and it seems as though nothing will be done until someone dies there.

"There have been six or seven accidents there in recent times and the junction has been flagged up with the council.

"Something needs to be done before it is too late."

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12:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

angryangryangry says...

How about some traffic lights?
How about some traffic lights? angryangryangry
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

TRT says...

angryangryangry wrote:
How about some traffic lights?
Hempstead Road is bad enough as it is without more cause to slow traffic down on there. That junction is an issue, I know, but the solution may well be worse than the problem. Perhaps a speed camera closer to the end of the 40 zone? Move the 40/30 change further back? A 40 limit camera opposite The Grove? A better indication of the distance-to-go under that shady canopy for drivers emerging from Courtlands Drive?
[quote][p][bold]angryangryangry[/bold] wrote: How about some traffic lights?[/p][/quote]Hempstead Road is bad enough as it is without more cause to slow traffic down on there. That junction is an issue, I know, but the solution may well be worse than the problem. Perhaps a speed camera closer to the end of the 40 zone? Move the 40/30 change further back? A 40 limit camera opposite The Grove? A better indication of the distance-to-go under that shady canopy for drivers emerging from Courtlands Drive? TRT
  • Score: -6

1:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

pepsiman says...

Definitely needs something. Mini roundabout?
Definitely needs something. Mini roundabout? pepsiman
  • Score: 5

4:20pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LuthersLoveChild says...

that road is a nightmare, its where people from courtlands are trying to turn right to go to M25/ Hunton bridge. The road is so busy you can be waiting 5 minutes for a gap so people chance it.

mini roundabout would be good. better than lights i'd say.
that road is a nightmare, its where people from courtlands are trying to turn right to go to M25/ Hunton bridge. The road is so busy you can be waiting 5 minutes for a gap so people chance it. mini roundabout would be good. better than lights i'd say. LuthersLoveChild
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Wacko Jacko says...

There's plenty of room there for a mini roundabout, definiitley worth looking at
There's plenty of room there for a mini roundabout, definiitley worth looking at Wacko Jacko
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Fri 25 Apr 14

watford_bob says...

I believe Hempstead Road is an approved diversion route for when / if the M25 is closed, therefore it probably won't be acceptable to place any roundabouts or more traffic lights etc along it.

The easiest solution will be a no right turn out of Courtlands Drive. Easy and cheap to implement.
I believe Hempstead Road is an approved diversion route for when / if the M25 is closed, therefore it probably won't be acceptable to place any roundabouts or more traffic lights etc along it. The easiest solution will be a no right turn out of Courtlands Drive. Easy and cheap to implement. watford_bob
  • Score: 11

8:22am Tue 29 Apr 14

Cuetip says...

LuthersLoveChild wrote:
that road is a nightmare, its where people from courtlands are trying to turn right to go to M25/ Hunton bridge. The road is so busy you can be waiting 5 minutes for a gap so people chance it.

mini roundabout would be good. better than lights i'd say.
This junction is one of the worst in our congested town.

The surrounding roads are grinding to a halt and this road will almost certainly become a car park when yet another development - the Hempstead Rd 'car free' Free School with safety features - comes into operation on the busy town hall roundabout .

For years, residents have been highlighting this risky junction even before all the high density developments and there is more coming. Development / planning needs to recognise the four key bottlenecks / gateways that are paralysing the smooth operation of the town.
[quote][p][bold]LuthersLoveChild[/bold] wrote: that road is a nightmare, its where people from courtlands are trying to turn right to go to M25/ Hunton bridge. The road is so busy you can be waiting 5 minutes for a gap so people chance it. mini roundabout would be good. better than lights i'd say.[/p][/quote]This junction is one of the worst in our congested town. The surrounding roads are grinding to a halt and this road will almost certainly become a car park when yet another development - the Hempstead Rd 'car free' Free School with safety features - comes into operation on the busy town hall roundabout . For years, residents have been highlighting this risky junction even before all the high density developments and there is more coming. Development / planning needs to recognise the four key bottlenecks / gateways that are paralysing the smooth operation of the town. Cuetip
  • Score: 3

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