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Joy for safety campaigners as Charlie Brown roundabout plans confirmed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 November 2017

Charlie Brown's roundabout from the Southend Road in Woodford Green

Charlie Brown's roundabout from the Southend Road in Woodford Green

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Long-awaited safety improvements on one of the borough’s busiest roundabouts will go ahead next year, it has been confirmed.

Following a consultation by Transport for London (TfL) earlier this year, more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly crossings at Charlie Brown’s roundabout, South Woodford are set to be introduced.

TfL has confirmed that they will continue with the proposed scheme with no changes, and expect to start work in summer 2018.

A 15 year campaign has been waged for better safety at the roundabout, which was brought into focus when mother-of-two Sampa Das was hit by a lorry driver, and killed, in November 2016.

Over 80 percent of the 462 people who responded to the consultation told TfL that they supported the scheme whilst 3pc were ambivalent, 9pc strongly opposed/

A further 4pc didn’t respond to TfL when they sent out the documents outlining the proposed changes.

Alongside the signal controlled pedestrian and cycle crossings, footways around the roundabout will be widened to give more space.

Currently there are no signalised crossings at the roundabout and residents are currently forced to wait for a safe gap in the traffic to cross.

The layout of the roundabout is unchanged from when the road complex there was built in the 1970s.

Councillor Gwyneth Deakins, who presented a petition to the Greater London Authority demanding changes last year, said she was thrilled that work was going ahead.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear this news.

“It follows years of campaigning by residents and their councillors to get this vital safety measure.

“It is a victory for persistence and for common sense..”

She added: “This time it looks as though this project really is going to happen – we have had disappointments in the past but I am confident that it will now be implemented.

“It will be a major boost to residents especially those who have to take their children to school across the busy roads.

“Bring on the summer.”

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