Residents have demanded action to address ‘rush hour chaos’ on a road that “does not support” the current volume of traffic.

People in Chesham, living near the junction of The Queen’s Head pub with Missenden Road, said Bucks Council should “find alternatives” for current traffic flows – adding they are fearful of a coming tragedy.

They said the number of vehicles passing through the “narrow road” was ‘shocking’, adding there is “no space” on the footpaths for walkers.

Pets had been killed as a result, they claimed.

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They also claimed ‘drivers race among their homes’ going towards Great Missenden and that they “need speed limits” introduced.

One new resident to the area claimed Chesham Town Cllr Wilford Augustus told residents during a visit he was “unsure anything could be done”.

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“I just moved to a property almost in the junction of The Queen’s Head pub and have been shocked to see the number and the sizes of cars, trucks, and other machines that pass through this very narrow road,” they said.

“Every day, Missenden Road becomes chaos. To be more specific, the junction in front of The Queen’s Head.

“The pub and houses around this junction were built hundreds of years ago and are set back one metre from the road.

“The road, which was also designed years and years ago, does not support the current traffic.

“It’s hard for residents to be one metre from the road, and for the drivers getting stuck during rush hours.

“After passing the pub and going towards Great Missenden, the drivers see the straight road and start racing among our homes. We are in constant danger as we step out the gate.

“There’s no space for us to walk safely on the footpaths, not to mention our pets being killed (having a cat runover and a dog hit a few months ago). What’s next?

“Some cars completely ignore the signs to go under 40mph and go ‘slow’.

“I have contacted our local councillor, Cllr Augustus about the issue.

“He could notice straight away the issue, but he seems unsure anything could be done any time soon.

“We are really hoping it does, as we are scared and do not want to wait for a tragedy to take action.

“We need speed limits, and, in the long run, planners should find alternatives for all this traffic, which we know won’t get any better.”

Steven Broadbent, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said: “We understand resident concerns and there are a number of ways issues of this nature can be raised with the council. One such way is for residents to speak to their local member who can then raise the issue with the local transport officer or with the local community board. The community board would then need to consider whether it is a local priority and if so whether they are able to fund a speed assessment or further measures such as a feasibility study. Any known hotspot areas around the county where accidents have taken place will be prioritised. In the past five years we have had no injury collisions recorded at this particular location.”

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