PARENTS fear school children's lives are being put at risk by drivers speeding on a 'dangerous' stretch of road in Northwood.
A recent crash in Batchworth Lane - where three accidents happened within three months last summer - has fuelled fears that someone could be killed by motorists breaking the 30mph speed limit.
The busy main road is just minutes away from Eastbury Farm Primary School, in Bishops Avenue, and is also used by school buses to pick up and drop off pupils.
School worker Wendy Kirkman lives in St Mary's Avenue, off Batchworth Lane.
The mother-of-three said: "Whenever there is an accident we come out of our houses hoping no one has been killed this time. I have lived here for about 17 years and the road has always been dangerous – people don't slow down when they get to the bottom of the hill.
"My own kids are among the children crossing the road and one of our pupils was hit by a car, although they weren't seriously injured. More awareness needs to be raised about the speed limit, perhaps with a flashing sign or speed camera, but this isn't the first time Hertfordshire Highways has been asked to look into the problem.
"They previously painted lines on the road and it didn't make any difference – quite frankly, it was pathetic. They don't seem to be willing to do anything unless someone is seriously injured or killed."
Chairman of Eastbury Residents' Association, Elizabeth Willetts, echoed Mrs Kirkman's fears: "It is clear speeding traffic is a problem along Batchworth Lane and many motorists do not keep to the 30mph limit which runs from Kewferry Road to Sandy Lane.
"In conjunction with our local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) police constable, Sharon Hill, we are hoping to introduce a Community Speed Watch, which involves residents becoming volunteers to monitor the speed of traffic, and processing the information gathered."
Responding to concerns from a number of parents and residents, Three Rivers District Councillor for Moor Park and Eastbury ward, Kemal Butt, last week met with Hertfordshire Highways, which has since agreed to carry out two speed and volume surveys.
Cllr Butt, whose children attend Eastbury Farm Primary, said: "The demographic in this area has changed and there are a lot more families and elderly people walking around here. Hopefully this investigation will show that something needs to be done. Once it is complete we will have another meeting to discuss the results."
The surveys will run for 24 hours over a week-long period, hopefully in April.
A Hertfordshire Highways spokesperson added: "The results show there is a problem along this stretch of road we will work with the police on measures to reduce speed."
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