Petition launched amidst fears of TfL U-turn on Charlie Brown’s roundabout safety plans

Caroline Pidgeon, left, with Cllr Gwyneth Deakins at the Charlie Brown’s roundabout measuring pollut

Caroline Pidgeon, left, with Cllr Gwyneth Deakins at the Charlie Browns roundabout measuring pollution. - Credit: Archant

Plans to improve safety at a “desperately dangerous” roundabout are being drawn up after a campaign by councillors.

The Liberal Democrats Focus Team launched a petition last week, with the backing of the party’s London mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon, pushing for pedestrian crossings and traffic lights to be installed at the Charlie Brown’s roundabout in South Woodford.

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins (Lib Dem, Roding) said councillors and road users had been campaigning “for years” and had received assurances from Transport for London (TfL) about work being done in the past before it was cancelled by the Mayor of London.

She is hoping the new petition will keep pressure on TfL to ensure safety measures are implemented this time.

“Charlie Brown’s roundabout has been desperately dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists for far too long,” she said.

“Local people have been campaigning for safety measures for years and have been let down badly in the past when promised improvements were shelved.

“It’s crucial that this time we pin down the mayor and TfL to make them get this vital project done.”

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Ms Pidgeon, who visited the roundabout to measure pollution in the area last week, added: “Whether as mayor or as a London Assembly member I am committed to fighting for this desperately needed work to be done.”

TfL said it was planning to make changes to the roundabout following a consultation.

Alan Bristow, TfL’s director of road space management, said: “We are keen to improve Charlie Brown’s roundabout and are developing plans to introduce improved pedestrian facilities.

“Before arriving at a final design we are assessing possible solutions and will then consult on a proposal. Once the consultation is completed and any changes to our proposals made, we would be able to start work to improve the junction.”

To sign Cllr Deakins’ petition visit

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