‘Tweet to cut speed’ on Berkhamsted road

Julian Dent and the vehicular activated sign in Gravel Path, Berkhamsted.
Julian Dent and the vehicular activated sign in Gravel Path, Berkhamsted.
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ROAD safety campaigners have released new figures about the number of accidents in the street where they live.

The Safer Gravel Path Action Group wants the speed limit in the Berkhamsted road to be reduced from 30mph to 20mph.

It has begun a campaign to lobby Herts Highways for the change as well as launching a new Twitter account @SaferGravelPath to record the number of accidents along the road.

Figures released by Herts Police after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the group show that there have been 15 traffic incidents there since January 1, 2007.

More than 36 per cent of them required at least two police cars to attend, the figures show. In total, 18 police cars had been called to incidents on the street in the period covered.

A second FOI request by the group was put in to the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS).

The EEAS said it had sent 59 paramedics and 35 ambulances and fast response cars to 21 accidents in the street in the past five years.

Julian Dent, member of the Safer Gravel Path Action Group, said: “I think the figures show that this is a road that’s dangerous.

“It’s steep and narrow with many overhanging trees – one of the most dangerous spots in Berkhamsted.

“We have got a vehicular activated sign that tells speeding drivers about the 30mph limit – but most of them ignore it.

“The best way to alert drivers to the danger of the road is to reduce its speed limit to 20mph.”