Bid to stop Grove Hill Traffic Chaos

PUBLISHED: 10:51 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 21:45 31 May 2010

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A PETITION has been launched calling for urgent action to stop traffic chaos on a Stansted Mountfitchet road. People living on Grove Hill are fed up with the long queues which stretch for up to half-a-mile along the road from the traffic lights. A petitio

A PETITION has been launched calling for urgent action to stop traffic chaos on a Stansted Mountfitchet road.

People living on Grove Hill are fed up with the long queues which stretch for up to half-a-mile along the road from the traffic lights.

A petition to stop parking on the hill near to the lights - which causes the long delays - has been set up by resident Diane Macfarlane and district councillor for Stansted Cllr Alan Dean.

"Last week it took me 17 minutes to drive about 300 yards," said Cllr Dean. "Even if the lights are green it can get so gridlocked that nothing moves."

The traffic lights control a narrow single-file section of the Stansted to Elsenham road which currently has no parking restrictions.

"One idea is to put waiting restriction yellow lines near to the lights by some of the cottages," said Cllr Dean. "Many of the residents want this. They don't park in front of their own homes as they know the chaos that it causes - angry drivers, honking horns, lorries mounting the pavement, the list goes on."

Cllr Dean has sent a letter to all of the residents on Grove Hill and is collecting signatures to encourage Essex County Council (ECC) Highways to take action.

A Stansted Parish Council transport working group, with a representative from ECC Highways, was due to be held on Wednesday, after the Reporter went to print. Cllr Dean said he would be pushing for action.

"After months of complaints and letter writing, people on Grove Hill really do want some urgent action," said Cllr Dean. "I know this will be welcomed by hundreds of motorists who use Grove Hill each day."

Anyone who would like to put their name to the petition can contact Cllr Dean via email on cllrdean@uttlesford.gov.uk or by telephone on 01279 813579.

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