Kings Langley: 'road safety needs addressing' says councillor

Kings Langley High Street on Thursday

Kings Langley High Street on Thursday

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Road safety in Kings Langley is "an issue that needs addressing", according to a senior councillor.

Councillor Richard Roberts, who represents Kings Langley at Hertfordshire County Council, said that "accidents are happening" and "road safety needs addressing" at a Kings Langley Parish Council meeting last night.  

Recent incidents discussed at the meeting included a crash involving a motorcycle and pedestrian, which took place on Thursday.

A female pedestrian, in her 70s, is currently in a critical, but stable condition at St Mary's Hospital in London after the collision with a motorbike in Kings Langley High Street.

The motorcyclist, believed to be a man in his late 20s was taken to Watford General Hospital with serious injuries, but has since been discharged from hospital. 

In another incident, a man died after the blue Ford Focus he was driving collided with a silver TX4 taxi, which was travelling in the opposite direction, in Hempstead Road

The driver of the Ford Focus died at the scene. The driver and the two passengers of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. 

Earlier this year, a petition was set up by Cheryl Hall, which called on the county council to review road safety in the village and more than 350 villagers supported the petition, which was then presented to Mr Roberts.

During the meeting last night Conservative Councillor Roberts said: "Accidents are happening. There is a perception about road safety and it does need addressing.

"It might be that the issue needs, I think, a really careful meeting, perhaps with the petitioners, the parish council and myself to explore what might be an option from that road safety report."

PCSO Ian Martin, when commenting on Thursday's crash in the High Street said: "The motorbike was not doing 180 miles per hour. He was doing between 20 and 25 miles per hour. 

"She [the pedestrian] walked out between two parked cars."

A black XT600 Tenere Yamaha motorcycle was travelling north along the A4251 when it was involved in a collision with the lady who was described by a villager who asked not to be named as "lovely and very popular."

The Tory councillor added: "If that motorbike had been speeding, there would have been nothing to stop him.

"We can fill the village with humps, bumps, road signs and cameras, but we have to want that for the village."

The safety report, which Councillor Roberts will receive in September will set out a series of statistics and reports on issues in and around the village and it is expected that this report will then form the basis of future policies concerning highways in the village.

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6:57pm Wed 6 Aug 14

matte111 says...

"If that motorbike had been speeding, there would have been nothing to stop him." What a stupid comment by somebody who should know better. The motorcyclist wasn't speeding - why is there any need to suggest that he was, or that it was a factor in this accident.

Accidents are caused by people not paying attention, whether that is a pedestrian stepping out into traffic, or drivers on their mobile phones, speed humps/camera's do not stop that. Although cameras to catch people on their phones might...
"If that motorbike had been speeding, there would have been nothing to stop him." What a stupid comment by somebody who should know better. The motorcyclist wasn't speeding - why is there any need to suggest that he was, or that it was a factor in this accident. Accidents are caused by people not paying attention, whether that is a pedestrian stepping out into traffic, or drivers on their mobile phones, speed humps/camera's do not stop that. Although cameras to catch people on their phones might... matte111
  • Score: 5

9:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

cameluk says...

Fence the pavements in so that pedestrians have to use the crossings that are provided for them
Fence the pavements in so that pedestrians have to use the crossings that are provided for them cameluk
  • Score: 1

9:25am Thu 7 Aug 14

blonde demon says...

I drive through the high street most days and I have more than once had to slam on the brakes due to people walking out from behind parked cars and not looking befoe they do so . there is a crossiing why dont people use it , the high street is a busy road and not helped by drivers trying to speed through maybe this is one road that needs speed humps and another crossing , another common event is people opening their car doors wide without looking i just missed one the other day and she had the cheek to say why was i driving past as she was getting out of her car and yes it was a local and driver of one of the black tractors common not only in chelsea
I drive through the high street most days and I have more than once had to slam on the brakes due to people walking out from behind parked cars and not looking befoe they do so . there is a crossiing why dont people use it , the high street is a busy road and not helped by drivers trying to speed through maybe this is one road that needs speed humps and another crossing , another common event is people opening their car doors wide without looking i just missed one the other day and she had the cheek to say why was i driving past as she was getting out of her car and yes it was a local and driver of one of the black tractors common not only in chelsea blonde demon
  • Score: 3

9:34am Thu 7 Aug 14

Retlas says...

I have just looked at 'Google Street View' to see the High St. and outside Christies there is a car that appears to be parked on double yellows and the driver is on the phone. One way or another an offence has been commited.
If all road users, including pedestrians, ignore basic safety principals then accidents will happen.
I have just looked at 'Google Street View' to see the High St. and outside Christies there is a car that appears to be parked on double yellows and the driver is on the phone. One way or another an offence has been commited. If all road users, including pedestrians, ignore basic safety principals then accidents will happen. Retlas
  • Score: 3

5:07pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Captain_Common_Sense says...

Here we go again - lets have a knee jerk reaction & put humps & cameras all over the high street. Why ??? In this recent case the lady concerned has either had a lapse in concentration or a senior moment with unfortunately severe consequences. There are probably many "near misses" every day caused by pedestrians not taking the appropriate care due to the traffic generally crawling at a snails pace through the village & therefore feel it's safe to walk in the road. Speed has already been rules out as not being the cause in this recent accident so speed humps would just be a waste of money. Maybe we could help the unemployed youths in the area to walk in front of the traffic with a red flag if pedestrians cannot be trusted to respect the boundary between pavement & road ?!
Here we go again - lets have a knee jerk reaction & put humps & cameras all over the high street. Why ??? In this recent case the lady concerned has either had a lapse in concentration or a senior moment with unfortunately severe consequences. There are probably many "near misses" every day caused by pedestrians not taking the appropriate care due to the traffic generally crawling at a snails pace through the village & therefore feel it's safe to walk in the road. Speed has already been rules out as not being the cause in this recent accident so speed humps would just be a waste of money. Maybe we could help the unemployed youths in the area to walk in front of the traffic with a red flag if pedestrians cannot be trusted to respect the boundary between pavement & road ?! Captain_Common_Sense
  • Score: -3

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