£3m roundabout safety measures after 13-year campaign (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Work to improve safety at Charlie brown's roundabout in South Woodford
Pedestrian safety measures will finally be installed at a busy roundabout following a 13-year campaign by residents.
Transport for London (TfL) has announced work will begin in spring to install crossings and signals on Charlie Brown’s roundabout in South Woodford.
The work is expected to take around three years to complete and is designed to ease rising congestion in the area and reduce the dangers for crossing pedestrians.
A £3million scheme was drawn up by Transport for London in 2009, but was later shelved due to lack of funds.
Residents have been campaigning for safer signalling and crossing at the roundabout for over 13 years.
In a statement, TfL said: ‘We are planning to commission design work for the signalisation of the roundabout in the spring of this year.
"We anticipate the overall timeframe for the scheme to be about 3 years, which would include design work, development of a business case, detailed design, procurement and construction."
Cllr Gwyneth Deakins said: “This is a victory for local residents who have been campaigning for years to get signals and crossings at Charlie Brown’s.
“It is about time TfL recognised the acute dangers for pedestrians trying to cross these roads.
“We will be keeping a very close eye on developments this time - we don’t want our residents to be let down again.”
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