Traffic chaos as dramatic ITV car stunt shuts A41 for 12 hours

Traffic delays
Traffic delays

The filming of an ITV drama caused major delays on the roads yesterday as the A41 was shut between 6am and 6pm.

A two-mile stretch of the road at Tring was closed for the dramatic stunt which involved the car bonnet flying up and a scary spin.

But it meant drivers, many travelling around for Mother’s Day, were forced to use alternative routes or a diversion through Tring between 6am and 6pm.

And with a couple of accidents just north of the M25, roads were clogged up for hours.

Several residents have criticised Herts County Council for a lack of notice and for agreeing to the filming on the same day as the Berkhamsted Half Marathon.

However, a spokesman for the council said it ‘worked closely’ with the film company to alert drivers and find a ‘suitable location’ which would cause ‘minimum disruption’.

He said: “The production company went above and beyond to make people aware.

“It was just unfortunate circumstances. The company was apologetic for adding to the congestion.

“But you can’t legislate for several accidents that compounded the traffic problems.

“There were three accidents on Sunday morning on the A41 at Bourne End and Kings Langley that required police to close the road for more than three hours and caused severe traffic problems.

“Under ordinary circumstances the signed diversion route through Tring would not have this impact on journeys.

“The company carried out the work under permit with signs giving notice of the closure in place along the A41 and in Tring town centre from 19 February.”

The filming was for ‘domestic horror’ drama, HIM – written by acclaimed writer Paula Milne and produced by Mainstreet Pictures.

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