One year on and Newbury Park residents say nothing has changed at ‘death trap’ A12 junction
PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 February 2018
Residents who have campaigned for a notorious junction on the A12 to be made safer say that nothing has changed a year after they presented Transport for London (TfL) with their petition.
Saturday (February 24), marks one year since a 13-page petition pleading for greater safety measures at the Green Gate junction was presented to Ilford South MP Mike Gapes for him to present to London’s transport bosses.
Carol Joseph organised the campaign, and has remained in close contact with Mr Gapes since, but says that despite repeated assurances from TfL that a safety review would take place in the area, one has not yet been completed.
This week alone, two accidents have happened on stretches of road leading up to the junction, which is an accident blackspot because of the way the lanes merge across the traffic lights.
Mrs Joseph claims a report on the initial review of the site was first scheduled for May 2017, but this has since been moved back as far as April this year.
She told the Recorder: “I am really not prepared to wait any longer, we’re now in February and we’ve already had three accidents this year and no one wants to see it get as bad as it did last year.
“I keep a big file of all the accidents that happen here and when you go through it it’s really frightening, you just wonder to yourself, ‘what is going on?’.
“TfL are stalling, I don’t know why but they are, and it’s getting more and more dangerous.”
A resident of Newbury Park for the past 48 years, Mrs Joseph also praised Mr Gapes’ efforts to hold TfL to account over the past 12 months.
Mr Gapes told the Recorder he was still working to make the junction safer for both drivers and pedestrians, and added it was “unsatisfactory” that nothing had yet been done.
He said: “It is still a very big concern to me that there are so many accidents and I have been in regular contact with TfL on this issue.”
TfL insists only one person has died at the junction in the past four years, and that once it becomes aware of specific concerns at the junction it will work to rectify them.
Penny Rees, TfL’s head of network sponsorship, said: “We are constantly monitoring the safety of our roads and junctions, including the A12 and Green Gate Junction. All safety concerns are taken seriously and we are keen to work with residents where these are raised.”