Demand for action on speeding cars on road where boy, 7, died

PUBLISHED: 17:05 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:08 12 February 2015

Usman Adams with his message to motorists in Leyswood Drive

Usman Adams with his message to motorists in Leyswood Drive


Traffic safety measures are to be reassessed on a road that was the scene of a fatal accident, following pressure from residents.

New 30mph speed limit signs were introduced in Leyswood Drive in Newbury Park in 2013, three years after seven-year-old Ehsaan Haque was killed in a hit-and-run.

But residents say motorists are continuing to race down the road, which is near two schools, putting young children in danger.

Usman Adams, 41, who is a governor at nearby Oaks Park High School, Oaks Lane, said: “Since 2013, I have seen a noticeable increase in the speed of the cars.

“Just this morning I saw five cars passing by at over 30mph whilst children were walking to school.”

Aldborough ward councillor John Howard said he had passed on residents’ concerns to Redbridge Council, which has since confirmed it will be carrying out a survey on traffic speeds.

Cllr Howard said: “When we are speaking to residents or doing our regular door knocking sessions the number one issue around Leyswood Drive is speed.”

When asked whether speed bumps could be installed, he said: “Any action taken will be based on the traffic survey results and will be fully reflective of the views of local residents.”

David Dutch, deputy headteacher of Oaks Park High School, said there was a problem with parents speeding in the area.

He said: “I must have spoken to 20 parents this week, asking them to drive slower, but they just look back at me with blank looks in their eyes.

“I dread the day when an accident happens. Cars are going far too fast near the school.”

A council spokesman said: “We intend to survey the road again to make sure that speeding has not started to become a problem.

“Once our survey has been completed we will reassess the situation.”

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