Essex County Council's Part Night Lighting scheme has created a 'death trap' for campers according to Waltham Abbey man

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Raymond Horan says  the council has created a “tourist death trap”. Buy this photo Raymond Horan says the council has created a “tourist death trap”.

A taxi driver has turned road safety campaigner after the council created what he calls a “tourist death trap”.

Raymond Horan says that he was absolutely horrified when the street lights close to his Sewardstone Road home went out at midnight on Sunday.

For ten months of the year Mr Horan and his family watch people of all ages, including some pushing buggies, trek up the A12 to the Lea Valley Campsite, where there is no pavement.

Now that there are no lights, he says it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality.

He said: “It is not a case of if but when.

“People get off the bus at the bottom after they have been out in London and walk up the hill. This is ridiculous.

“It is a hairpin bend. People often ask us how to get to the campsite and we have to direct them up the road that doesn’t even have a path. “

Essex County Council is looking to save £1.5m across the county by switching the lights off between 12am and 5am.

Mr Horan says that this is an impossible idea.

“The money that they are looking at saving will pale into insignificance if a foreign national is killed on this road,” He added.

The road is a popular link from the North Circular to the M25 attracting HGVs and a constant stream of drivers.

It also has a 40mph limit.

The houses at the bottom of the steep hill, it is feared could be at risk.
Mr Horan, 47, said: “I just cannot believe this.

“I was out driving the other night and it was so weird. As I came home people were coming up the road with their full beams on, it startled me.
“If people don’t know about it they could panic. We could end up with a lorry crashing onto these houses.”

Mr Horan who has driven taxis for 13 years is calling for the council to switch the lights back on before there is an accident.

Each town and parish council was asked to list a number of street lights which should remain on, although there was no guarantee that they would be accepted.

Essex County Council has been asked to comment.
 

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6:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

Dark country lanes feature all over the country and are served by bus routes also. Pedestrian discipline, wearing high viz jackets and reflectors and use of a torch should be promoted to ensure safety.
Dark country lanes feature all over the country and are served by bus routes also. Pedestrian discipline, wearing high viz jackets and reflectors and use of a torch should be promoted to ensure safety. Upshirehorse
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3:21pm Fri 17 Jan 14

escapefrome17 says...

"I was out driving the other night and it was so weird....." has he never ever driven on a road with no streetlights then????? What was so 'weird'? Ghosts?

"if people don't know about it, they could panic.." what a load of tripe!! What does Mr Horan think happens in most places where the streetlights end, people leap out of their cars and run around screaming? Well he might but most people just carry on driving...

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"I was out driving the other night and it was so weird....." has he never ever driven on a road with no streetlights then????? What was so 'weird'? Ghosts? "if people don't know about it, they could panic.." what a load of tripe!! What does Mr Horan think happens in most places where the streetlights end, people leap out of their cars and run around screaming? Well he might but most people just carry on driving... " escapefrome17
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7:32am Sat 18 Jan 14

ig9blog says...

It's disappointing to see the Guardian pandering to the shouty few and continuing to publish articles full of these bizarre and spurious objections to part night lighting. There was a consultation which was publicised back in September 2013 and the switch off was delayed twice to allow people extra time and still they whine 'the council never told me'.

It's dark at night. Grow up and deal with it.
It's disappointing to see the Guardian pandering to the shouty few and continuing to publish articles full of these bizarre and spurious objections to part night lighting. There was a consultation which was publicised back in September 2013 and the switch off was delayed twice to allow people extra time and still they whine 'the council never told me'. It's dark at night. Grow up and deal with it. ig9blog
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