ePetition details

Brook Street Tring - Traffic Management

We the undersigned petition the County Council to address the growing traffic problems on Brook Street in Tring, particularly the stretch of road outside the Silk Mill business park.

The issues include –

- Numerous traffic incidents, including two serious collisions in the past 4 months.
- Motorists continuously speeding down the road, at speeds exceeding 50mph in a 30mph residential zone.
- Increased noise pollution, caused by motorists speeding and inappropriately using their horns to express their frustration at the lack of clear road signals and confusion about right of way.
- Numerous incidents of road rage where motorists use profanity, often resulting in physical confrontation.
- An inability for custodians of the Silk Mill business park to enter or leave the facility safely.
- Traffic and congestion problems caused when people inappropriately park on Brook Street, resulting in jams that lead to increased air and noise pollution.
- Dangerous for pedestrians to cross the road because of speeding cars.

What is causing the problems? –

- No speed signs anywhere along Brook Street.
- No ‘Right of Way’ sign for the single flow of traffic outside the Silk Mill.
- The single flow of traffic is long and people don’t give way appropriately, often speeding to get through.
- The double yellow lines stop too short on one side of Brook Street.
- The entrance to the Silk Mill is hidden, hard to access and has insufficient line of sight for both sides.

Quick solutions –

- New 20mph speed restrictions along Brook Street, with an increase in the number of visible signs. Similar to Dundale Road in Tring.
- Extension of the double yellow lines up until the ‘Keep Clear’ outside the Silk Mill entrance.
- Silk Mill entrance is improved and appropriate signs are put in place for motorists to be aware of the hidden entrance.
- ‘Right of Way’ sign put in place.

Possible, more fundamental, solutions –

- Either a speed camera, electronic speed monitor or road humps outside the Silk Mill to ensure motorists don’t excessively speed along the road.
- A traffic light system which will allow traffic to flow safely and effectively through the single lane.
- A box junction at the entrance to Silk Mill to ensure people don’t block people coming in or out.

In summary, the stretch of Brook Street outside of the Silk Mill business park is in dire need of better road traffic management. As a resident of Brook Street I daily witness the issues that keep occurring because of a lack of sufficient road signs, traffic systems etc. If no solution can be found soon, I have no doubt one of the problems I mention will result in a far more serious incident.

Started by: Timothy Wright

This ePetition ran from 09/08/2019 to 04/10/2019 and has now finished.

53 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Address the growing traffic problems on Brook Street in Tring, particularly the stretch of road outside the Silk Mill business park.

This petition has been reviewed and the following response is offered.

Accidents:

The Council's road safety engineering specialists consider all reported personal injury collisions in the County on an annual basis and identify locations at which there are concentrations of reported injury collisions. This review is known as the Hazardous Sites List and considers the collision history for the entire County. The Council then initiates road safety investigations followed if suitable by engineering enhancements, on a prioritised basis, to reduce the potential for future collisions. There have been road traffic accidents in Brook Street that have resulted in personal injury, but they are not at an amount to be included on our Hazardous Sites List. The limited funding available is prioritised for sites where a greater cluster of personal injuries collisions have occurred.

Speeding Concerns:

The Council’s policy document on many speed related issues is the Speed Management Strategy. The strategy sets out the criteria required for several suggestions within the petition: traffic calming, a 20mph limit, speed camera and vehicle activated sign. Investigation and or implementation of these suggestions would take into account the accident statistics for the road and recorded average speeds.

Hertfordshire County Council has no powers to enforce speed limits in the road, and it is the Police that are empowered to do this. Residents may want to consider contacting the Police regarding speeding in the road, as they may be able to undertake regular surveys and enforcement of the speed limit. These are likely to give a positive message to those who inappropriately speed in Brook Street and could lead to their reductions. The non-emergency contact number for the Police is 101.

Other suggestions:

A number of the other suggestions in the petition are not possible on engineering or statutory grounds. We are not permitted to put up additional 30 signs where a street is street lit. A traffic light system or give-way signage cannot be used to control traffic past parked vehicles as they are only a temporary obstruction. Box junctions are only permitted at or nearby to traffic signalled road junctions. Warning signs for a concealed entrance can only be used at road junction and not a driveway entrance to a private estate.

It is noted that visibility for vehicles exiting Silk Mill Business Park is hindered by the building walls of the business park. This is a private matter; Hertfordshire County Council cannot contribute towards works to the building that would improve visibility.

Actions:

The local County Councillor for the division, Nick Hollinghurst, has been made aware of the petition and has visited Brook Street with a highways officer to see the traffic problems first hand. Councillor Hollinghurst has agreed to fund from his 2019/20 Highways Locality Budget a public consultation on additional yellow lines as well as a speed and volume survey. The consultation on the parking restrictions will take place before the end of the calendar year.