Concern over ‘unsafe’ road diversions in Berkhamsted

Cross Oak Road is set to be shut for maintenance work
Cross Oak Road is set to be shut for maintenance work

Concerns have been raised over ‘unsafe’ road diversions that are set to be brought in in Berkhamsted.

The town council has indicated it will be writing to Hertfordshire County Council over the diversion routes, which could be in place for a period of up to six months.

Cross Oak Road is set to be shut for repairs to be carried out to pavements in July.

The road will be closed to traffic from its junction with Anglefield Road down to the High Street.

Herts County Council had put in place provisional plans for diversions to take traffic down Cross Oak Road, Greenway, Shrublands Avenue, Kitsbury Road and Charles Street.

But Berkhamsted Town Council (BTC) has agreed to write to the county council over concerns of the suitability of the proposed diversions, and to make the suggestion that longer diversions through less congested routes would ‘be more practical’.

Councillor Gordon Yearwood sits on the Town Planning Committee for BTC.

He told the Gazette: “The chosen diversions are not ones that can accommodate any more traffic - they are very narrow and congested with parking.

“We’re looking at the interests of those who live there. It’s not as if it’s just for the afternoon either, and the council thought it was unsafe.

“We need to pick routes that can cope and not cause danger to the public. There are always other options.”