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Barkingside road ‘was an accident waiting to happen’ before ‘horror crash’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 October 2016

The London Air Ambulance was called to an accident in Barkingside today. Photo: John Le Ray

The London Air Ambulance was called to an accident in Barkingside today. Photo: John Le Ray

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Residents who live near the scene of a “horrific” crash have said they warned Redbridge Council the road “was an accident waiting to happen”.

On Wednesday last week, a motorcyclist collided with a car at the junction of Civic Way and Horns Road, in Barkingside.

A bystander described the scene as “a complete mess”. The biker is still in hospital with life-changing injuries, though his condition has stabilised.

Since the incident, residents from Barnardo’s Garden Village, in New Mossford Way, overlooking Horns Road, have contacted the Recorder to say they have warned of this before.

A mother of two young children, said: “We’ve been asking the council for the last two years to put a zebra crossing on Horns Road.

“It’s really hard to cross with young children, it sometimes takes 20 minutes. Once, when I was pregnant, I was in the middle of the road and a car sped up and I had to jump out of the way.”

The woman said residents were not surprised to hear of the accident.

“I was in my house when the emergency services came. We are just waiting for something else to happen.”

Warren Litkin, 65, who also lives in Barnardo’s Garden Village, said it was the main topic of conversation among his neighbours.

“It seems cars come down from Barkingside, go around the corner, and speed down Horns Road,” he said.

“People are saying this was an accident waiting to happen. We are frustrated as we’ve been to the council.”

A council spokesman said: “We have installed a range of measures in Horns Road to increase safety, including vehicle-activated signs and waiting restrictions at all junctions.

“We have not installed physical traffic calming as it is used as a strategic route by the emergency services.”

The spokesman added that the council regularly reviews safety measures in accordance with accident statistics.


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