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Petition calls for 20mph limit on road used by school children in Watford

Liberal Democrat Cllr Mark Watkin has started a petition calling for a 20mph speed limit on Langley Road in Watford.

He says the road is heavily used by children going to both Nascot Wood Junior School and Nascot Wood Infant and Nursery School in Watford – with two children hit by cars in recent months.

His plea for a 20mph limit on the stretch of road – running from the junction with Hempstead Road to the junction with Church Road – has already been backed by more than 100 residents.


“During term time the footpath is heavily used by hundreds of children and their families,” says the petition.

“Langley Road is extremely busy and two recent personal injury accidents to children demonstrate its dangers.”

Cllr Watkin says that should the road become a 20mph area, it would link to three other existing 20mph zones – at Nascot Wood Road, Grandfield and Church Road and streets north of Langley Road. It would, says the petition, provide a continuous 20mph area – linked to the existing zones.

The petition has already been signed by 105 residents and will run at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk until June 6.

In the meantime Cllr Watkin intends to fund speed and volume surveys on the stretch of Langley Road, that would be necessary if plans for a 20mph zone were to be progressed.

But Cllr Watkins hopes the strength of the petition will send a clear message that there is strong support for a new 20mph zone in this area.

“The petition will show that it is backed by local residents – and that’s the key thing,” said Cllr Watkin.

“It sends a strong message to County Hall that this should become a 20mph stretch.”

In Hertfordshire County Council’s 2024/25 budget – agreed by councillor earlier this month (February) – £2.3m has been earmarked for the roll-out of 20mph zones.

The council has already allocated £3m to 20mph zones  this year (2023/24), with plans to inject a further £1.7m in 2025/26. By the end of 2025/6 it’s estimated that there could be more than 50 of the 20mph zones across the county.

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