(Traffic & Transport Focus Group)
The group has ten members with a broad representation of
pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and importantly one disabled driver.
Regrettably we have no one who is a regular user of our local bus
services and we would be very interested to receive comments on the
The problems of parking and traffic
congestion in the High Street are very complex and for the time being we
are limiting that part of the project to data collection. Please be
assured that any information we gain will not be specific to a vehicle
or driver. The local authorities have already provided us with Traffic
Flow and Accident statistics which have been very revealing. During the
three year period (ending November 2004) by far the greatest number of
accidents occurred, not surprisingly, on the A1(M). There were seven
accidents in both Old Knebworth Lane and London Road (The High Street)
but none along the Stevenage Road, despite the problems with speeding!
Fortunately none of these accidents were fatal though two were
classified as serious.
During the next few weeks teams will
be studying traffic flows at the junctions of Stevenage / Station Road (Trussells
Corner), Park Lane / Station Approach, Park Lane / Old Knebworth Lane
and Gun Lane / Stockens Green. We hope that the experience we gain will
enable us to tackle the more serious issues such as Station Road and the
bridge. The information we gather will help us in our negotiations with
the Parish Council, Police and Hertfordshire Highways Authority, with a
view to producing a "Village Travel Plan" aimed at reducing traffic
congestion and speed, and encouraging walking, cycling and improved
We are very grateful for the hundreds
of constructive comments made by residents during the Parish Survey and
as always we welcome your help, expertise and suggestions.
J.A.Catt 01438 233919