A programme of works to improve Hemel Hempstead’s craterous Queensway have been promised, but council contractors on the site this week are merely upgrading bus stops.
The road through the Highfield area of the town has been earmarked by motorists and cyclists alike as ‘dangerous’, in particular due to its cluster of deep potholes at the junction with Great Road.
Herts county councillor for the Hemel Hempstead St Pauls division, Ron Tindall, has written to the authority’s assistant director for Highways, urging this and two further stretches of the road to be resurfaced urgently.
The other areas include the road’s junctions with Redbourn Road and St Pauls Road.
The Liberal Democrat councillor, a resident of nearby Jupiter Drive, was informed that work would be starting on Queensway this week.
But according to the Herts Highways team, it is an upgrade programme for bus stops along the lower end of the road near the Royal British Legion – not a resurfacing – involving waiting restrictions and the use of stop and go boards. Motorists are advised there may be delays while the work takes place, but this is due to finish on Friday.
The authority has, however, confirmed that Queensway is included in the county’s winter recovery programme using part of the £3.62million funding provided for Herts roadworks by the Department for Transport. The overall programme for the county started this month and runs until the end of October.