Calls for action at A12 in Newbury Park after two serious accidents in 10 days

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2017

Floral tributes to a motorcyclist killed on the A12 in Newbury Park after a collision with a cyclist

Floral tributes to a motorcyclist killed on the A12 in Newbury Park after a collision with a cyclist


Campaigners are calling for more to be done to improve safety measures at a notorious danger junction after two serious accidents there in ten days.

The Green Gate junction – where the A12 intersects with Ley Street and Horns Road, in Newbury Park – witnessed serious car crashes on July 9 and July 19.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed that a man was arrested after the incident on July 9 on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was subsequently released under investigation.

The victim remains in a serious condition in hospital with head injuries.

She also confirmed that although a car had been left completely overturned on July 19, no one had been injured in the accident and no arrests had been made.

Newbury Park resident Carol Joseph has long been campaigning for greater action to be taken on this road.

She told the Recorder: “It is clearly a dangerous junction and the problem is not going away, so neither will I.

“I will fight this until the end – it seems like every week there is another accident and people around here are fed up of nothing being done.

“What I want is for a managing director or someone at Transport for London (TfL) to come and sit here and watch all the cars speeding through, they wouldn’t have to be here long to see how dangerous it is.”

Back in March, the Recorder reported that Ilford South MP Mike Gapes raised the issue with TfL directors after being presented with a 13-page petition calling for greater safety measures.

Ms Joseph has seen a reply from TfL, which allegedly states a review is currently underway, but remains sceptical.

She said: “I think that what TfL are doing with their response is just telling us what they think we want to hear.”

There have now been seven collisions in the past two years at the junction, three of which resulted in serious injury, and a motorcyclist died there in November.

A TfL spokesman said: “The safety of all road users is our top priority. We will listen carefully to any concerns raised by residents about the A12 in Ilford.”

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