‘How many more lives must be lost?’: Residents campaign against A12’s ‘death trap’ junction in Newbury Park
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 March 2017
An MP has joined angry residents in calls for action to make a “death trap” junction safer, before someone else is killed.
On Friday, activists gathered at the Green Gate junction – where the A12 intersects with Ley Street and Horns Road, in Newbury Park – to present a 13-page petition to Ilford South MP Mike Gapes. It calls for a complete overhaul of the intersection, which has seen five serious accidents in the past 18 months.
Newbury Park resident Carol Joseph organised the petition.
She said: “It’s not good and people around here are not happy at all with the way the junction is going.
“How many more accidents have got to happen, how many more lives have got to be taken at that junction before something is done about it?”
She left it in newsagents Fags and Mags in Ley Street, where it eventually received 208 signatures from concerned residents.
“It’s clear people want something done about it and why wouldn’t they? It’s a death trap,” Carol said.
On Friday, residents presented Ilford South MP Mike Gapes with 13 pages of signatures urging Transport for London (TfL) to improve safety at the junction.
Among the proposed changes would be lengthening the crossing times for pedestrians and narrowing the eastbound carriageway.
At the moment, cars merge from three lanes to two between the traffic lights.
“I’ve been a Newbury Park resident for 47 years. I’ve seen how the junction was and I’ve seen how it’s going,” Carol said.
“Friends of mine tell me they now get the bus one stop just so they don’t have to cross the road when they’re going to the local pharmacy.
“It’s time for our local MPs and TfL to get their heads together and sort this out.”
Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, who was receptive to the residents’ message, told the Recorder: “I’m very concerned about this dangerous junction.
“I have seen it myself, the danger posed when cars illegally turn right, for other drivers and pedestrians.”
“I will be raising this petition with the Mayor of London and TfL, who is responsible for the road,” he said, before promising to also discuss the issue with Redbridge Council.
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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