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Charlie Brown’s death: Concerns raised for years before crossing killing

PUBLISHED: 13:11 17 November 2016

A pedestrian has been killed in a crash on Charlie Brown's roundabout, South Woodford.

A pedestrian has been killed in a crash on Charlie Brown's roundabout, South Woodford.

Matthew Clemenson

Concerns were raised about the safety of a busy roundabout long before a woman was killed there on Monday, residents claim.

Floral tributes left for the woman who was knocked down by a lorry while trying to cross the Southend Road at Charlie Brown's roundabout.Floral tributes left for the woman who was knocked down by a lorry while trying to cross the Southend Road at Charlie Brown's roundabout.

The woman, in her 30s, was involved in a collision with a lorry while trying to cross Charlie Brown’s roundabout, South Woodford, at around 9am. She was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

The driver was subsequently arrested for death by careless driving, and driving under the influence of drugs.

People living nearby continue to call for the junction to be made safer, saying pupils travelling to nearby schools on foot are risking their lives every day.

Cllr Ian Bond (LD, Roding) told the Recorder he has been fighting for improvements to the “danger road” for a long time.

Floral tributes left for the woman who was knocked down by a lorry while trying to cross the Southend Road at Charlie Brown's roundabout.Floral tributes left for the woman who was knocked down by a lorry while trying to cross the Southend Road at Charlie Brown's roundabout.

“I have been asking for action at the roundabout for years and this tragic incident just underlines that Transport for London (TfL) need to ensure changes are made, as they have promised, by 2018,” he said.

“I do not frequently go through the area on foot but even as a driver you can tell it’s not safe - if you drive through when the schools finish in the afternoon you see a lot of children crossing the roundabout on foot.

“TfL have let us down on this roundabout before, so I just hope this time the agreed improvements are made by 2018 as they’ve promised.”

Karen Balding, 41, of Abridge, was stuck in traffic on Clayhall Avenue on her way to work in the aftermath of the incident.

“There shouldn’t be a crossing there. I’ve had to brake sharply on more than one occasion as a pedestrian risks their life trying to cross. It’s frightening watching people try and cross, especially the schoolchildren.”

Sarah Nolan, of Woodford Avenue, also criticised the dangers it represented to those trying to cross on foot.

“Every morning you see kids lining the road trying to dart across,” she said.

“You always had the feeling it was only a matter of time till something terrible like this happened.”

Nigel Hardy, from TfL, said he was “saddened to hear about this tragic incident”.

“We will assist the Police to establish the circumstances of this incident, and should there be anything further that we can add to designs already being developed for new pedestrian facilities at the roundabout, we will do so.”


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