December 6 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Monday, September 2, 2013
The countdown is on for South Woodford pedestrians after Redbridge’s first timed crossing was switched on.
Residents and councillors had campaigned for new lights at the junction of Hermon Hill, Chigwell Road, George Lane and South View Drive after years of accidents and safety concerns.
The signals, which were switched on on Saturday, have a digital countdown for pedestrians to let them know how long they have to cross.
Cllr Ian Bond, who joined residents and councillors for the switch-on, said: “Crossing was much easier for pedestrians and passers-by came over to say how happy they were with the new junction.
“As well as being safer, these lights will make it easier for traffic to join the main road from both George Lane and South View Drive.”
The Roding Conservative Action Team collected more than 400 signatures from residents supporting the lights.
Member Ben Caine said: “I am delighted that the lights will be ready in time for the new school year.”
The junction will be monitored over the next few weeks to see if timings need to be adjusted in response to traffic flows.