Search

Ban on controversial Barkingside u-turn prompts congestion fears

15:38 20 June 2014

Redbridge Town Hall in High Road, Ilford.

Redbridge Town Hall in High Road, Ilford.

Archant

Residents have said they could face a detour of up to 30 minutes after Redbridge Council voted to ban a controversial u-turn.

Councillors decided to stop motorists making a u-turn at the junction of Clayhall Avenue and Claybury Broadway after a lengthy debate, last night.

The recommendation had been made by area committees three and four, who argued that the manoeuvre was dangerous to both pedestrians and road users.

The decision means that residents of Hill Farm estate, Barkingside, will be prevented from turning right out of their properties, instead facing a three mile diversion.

Claude Pascal, a Hill Farm estate said: “They are telling us to go all the way round.

“That will add another 15-20 maybe 30 minutes to our journey. It’s not just the time it’s the environmental impact.”

The campaigners had presented a deposition to the meeting during which they argued that banning the manoeuvre would increase congestion and the likelihood accidents.

Liberal Democrat, Cllr Gwyneth Deakins, opposed the move dismissing safety concerns and stating that no accidents have been recorded at the spot.

She said:“The case has simply not been made. We would be replacing an inconvenience to one group of people with an inconvenience to another group of people at considerable cost to the public purse.”

However Conservative, Cllr Alan Weinberg, argued that the manoeuvre should be banned on safety grounds.

He said: “Let’s prevent a fatality. Let’s prevent a child or elderly person being knocked over while we can.”

There was cross party agreement that a roundabout should replace the junction and councillors were told that Transport for London was in the process of conducting a feasibility study. In the mean time u-turns will be banned and motorists forced to make the diversion.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Cllr Bert Jones believes Goodmayes has a

Residents and councillors have praised the police’s swift response in closing down another brothel in Goodmayes ward.

Yesterday, 17:00
Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

The search for a new chief executive of Redbridge Council is set to begin after Roger Hampson announced he will be retiring from the role next year.

Yesterday, 16:40
Lord Alan Sugar. Picture: PA/Philip Toscano

A teenager has been ordered to pay a celebrity businessman £100 in compensation.

Yesterday, 16:14
Redbridge Witzo,a women's group which raises money for women's causes, hosted a strawberry tea event at Old Parkonians Association in Ilford.Elsa Linder, Val Middlebungh, Gloria Soskin, Sean Devoren (Head Butler at the Savoy Hotel) Muriel Silver, Judy Rose, Norma Levinson and Maxine Karobik

Dreary weather could not stop the women of Redbridge Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) from enjoying themselves as they hosted a strawberry tea event with a special guest.

Most read news

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder