Reach Lane, just before junction with Thomas Street
Reported via desktop in the Signs category anonymously at 14:14, Monday 23 May 2022
Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later.
Council ref: 371799.
The central section of Reach Lane, Heath and Reach is only accessible on foot or by bike. Vehicles accessing houses Reach Lane have to access them either from the Bryant’s Lane end or the Bird’s Hill end. The driver needs to know which end of the lane to arrive by. The sign near the junction with Thomas Street telling drivers that there’s a no vehicular access section is completely obscured by trees. The sign is also far too high for it to be within the field of vision of drivers concentrating on avoiding parked cars and pedestrians. Yesterday, a 70+ year-old driver attempted to drive from the Bird’s Hill end through to the Bryant’s Lane end. I was walking along the pedestrian section as the car was coming towards me and was able to explain that there was no vehicle access to the Bryant’s Lane end. The driver had to reverse for 100 yards or so and other pedestrians with dogs had to get out of the way. On several occasions, drivers have asked me how they can get to houses at the opposite end of Reach Lane. Their sat-nav sends them via one end but their destination is on the far side of the pedestrian/cycle section. The signage needs to be far more obvious and at driver's eye level (not high in the trees) to prevent cars attempting to drive through the restricted section of Reach Lane.