'It's lethal' - motorists fear crumbling roundabout could cause serious crash (From Borehamwood Times)
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Motorists fear crumbling Allum Lane roundabout, in Borehamwood, could cause serious crash
A crumbling roundabout has not been repaired despite motorists' pleas that someone will be killed if the problem is ignored.
The mini roundabout where Deacons Hill Road meets Allum Lane, in Borehamwood, is so worn down people say it is barely recognisable as a junction.
With bollards also missing, motorists who are unfamiliar with the area drive down Allum Lane and fail to stop at the roundabout, even though people turning right from Deacons Hill Road are supposed to have priority.
Antony Gee, who lives in Deacons Hill Road, walks past the roundabout every day on his way to his job at a bank in town and has lodged countless complaints with Hertfordshire County Council.
The 48-year-old said: “Cars go flying over the roundabout at such a speed, it’s quite alarming. The fear is that this dangerous situation could cause a huge crash.
“I’ve had near misses at the roundabout, but luckily I was alert and avoided a massive collision, but it frightened me.
“The whole road has worn away. It’s deteriorated since January and the roundabout is pretty much non-existent now as the paint has worn off. It’s important for people to be aware of this.”
The father claims the stop lines at the petrol station are also fading away, which poses another danger to motorists in the vicinity.
After logging his initial complaint, Mr Gee claims he was told it is “not an emergency” and now fears it could take a year before the problem is fixed.
“It’s not just a pothole that needs doing, it’s actually quite serious. It’s incredibly frustrating – what will it take for them to listen?”
Speed cameras on Allum Lane are supposed to deter motorists from going too fast.
Mick Wickes, the caretaker at Allum Hall, opposite the roundabout, says he sees countless near misses each day.
Since January, he claims he has seen a total of six accidents.
The 57-year-old said: “I hear horns tooting all day long and it makes me flinch. It’s absolutely crazy, but it doesn’t surprise me.
“They need to raise the road so people know to slow down and stop there. It’s lethal at the moment, it’s very dangerous.
“It makes me angry because at this rate, someone will get killed, there’s no doubt about it.”
Matthew Kelley, Ringway Divisional Manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We became aware of the worn white lines at this location a few months ago. We inspected the site and although we agree the lines are worn, they were considered not to be a safety hazard and programmed into this year’s road marking programme.
"The road marking programme started earlier this month as good weather is required and we anticipate the work will be completed within the next few weeks.”
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