‘Help stop the speeding through rat run village’

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VILLAGE chiefs are asking the public how they can make its streets safer for children on their way to school.

Main road The Common, which has a 50mph, leads Berkhamsted motorists to Hempstead Lane to get to Hemel Hempstead and Water End Road to get to Leighton Buzzard Road.

The speed limit comes down to 30mph through the village – but then shoots up to the national speed limit as they leave the village going east or south.

Potten End C of E First School on Church Road is on the crossroads where The Common changes into Water End Road.

Potten End Parish Council member Ray Cole said: “The road is just a rat run. They speed through the village and do not take any notice of the speed signs at all.”

He said their had been several village accidents: “There’s always something waiting to happen.”

Parish council highways chief Stephanie Bramham said: “It is quite frightening walking along Water End Road with a buggy.”

Herts Highways are holding a public consultation on village traffic calming measures that will run until March 24.

Potten End Parish Council held a public exhibition on the plans in The Church Room, Church Road, and more than 100 people went.

The first option will cost £160,000 and include three new speed bump areas and new hedges to reduce visibility of the main road from the village green.

There would be new street lights on The Common, Hempstead Lane and The Green; the centre line on The Common would be removed through the village; and new surfacing would highlight village pathways on The Common and Hempstead Lane.

The speed limit approaching Potten End from Berkhamsted would be reduced from 50mph to 40mph on The Common.

The speed limit change on The Common would be moved closer to the village, which would have a new gateway feature.

Option B, costing £125,000, would be the same – but street lights would only be on The Common, there would only be two speed bump areas.

Option C, at £68,000, would be the same as B but without any new bumps or street lighs in the village. The fourth option would be to do nothing.

In an investigation at the end of last year, Herts Highways found 3,500 vehicles travel each way through the village each day.

It found that 85 per cent of those drivers obey the speed limit.

To take part in the consultation, pick up a form from the village store in Church Road.