Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith makes £1m pledge to Redbridge Roundabout
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2016
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Conservative mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith pledged £1m to help ease safety concerns about Redbridge roundabout during a flying visit to the borough last Friday.
The roundabout on the A12 has always had a reputation as a dangerous junction, and heavy congestion means air pollution is also a recurrent problem.
Speaking exclusively to the Recorder, Mr Goldsmith claimed that as mayor he would take steps to improve the roundabout.
He said: “I’ve seen some statistics, and there’s an accident here every two weeks. Something has to be done.
“I’ve identified where savings can be made by improving efficiencies at City Hall and using GLA underspend, and I intend to use that money to create a fund of £50m to help junctions like this one.”
The visit came just a day after a pedestrian was tragically killed less then a kilometre away from the roundabout on the A12, but when asked Mr Goldsmith revealed that he wasn’t aware of the incident.
When informed of the details of the collision, he said: “That’s awful. It’s the job of the London mayor to protect Londoners, and that’s exactly why these junctions need funding.
“Yes, as mayor you have to keep the traffic moving, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unsafe for other people.”
The candidate’s pledge of £1m was welcomed by Redbridge Roundabout Action Group (Redrag), who campaign for improvements to the roundabout.
Redrag vice chairman Alan Haymes said: “I think that it’s excellent news. Obviously we need to see how that money will be spent but the roundabout does need investment because there are still accidents.
“The question is whether or not £1m is enough, because these infrastructure projects tend to require a lot of money, but from a starting point of zero it’s a fantastic pledge for the potential next mayor of London to make.”
Mr Goldsmith’s political opponent Sadiq Khan visited the roundabout in November and praised Redrag’s efforts to publicise concerns regarding the roundabout.
He said: “The junction is a nightmare for hundreds of people every day and TfL must now sort out a solution that reduces congestion for busy local families.”
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