Somers Road in Walthamstow is blocked at one end, but residents say a lack of signs means drivers are not aware.

Somers Road residents Veejay Sanoo, Chrissy Ansell and Norman Blackwood are campaigning for better 'no through road' signs. This is the only sign currently indicating that the street is a dead-end.

Somers Road residents Veejay Sanoo, Chrissy Ansell and Norman Blackwood are campaigning for better 'no through road' signs. This is the only sign currently indicating that the street is a dead-end.

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Residents of a Walthamstow street claim a lack of signs is leading to their cars to be damaged.

Somers Road, which is one-way, was blocked off at the western end more than two years ago when the Palmerston Road rail bridge was found to be unstable, but only one small sign indicates that the street is a dead-end and many drivers fail to notice it.

Vans and cars are constantly coming down the road only to be forced to turn around, according to residents, and lorries regularly become stuck and have to reverse back down the street, with parked cars regularly damaged.

Households are now calling on Waltham Forest council to install more signs.

The authority says it will look at potential improvements.

Retired Norman Blackwood has lived in Somers Road for 48 years.

He said: “It’s murder, especially with the vans whose drivers probably just look at their navigation systems.

“Van after van comes down, two or three are turning around in the street at once.

“My car has been hit twice.”

The 77-year-old, who in 2004 led a campaign to make the street one-way, said he has begged the council to install more signs.

Work to rebuild the bridge has begun and it is scheduled to be completed by November.

Resident Chrissy Ansell says nearly all the people living near her have had their car damaged in the last two years.

“All day long we get vans and cars speeding down to find out it’s a dead-end and do a dodgy three-point-turn and speed away again,” the 60-year-old said.

“If the street is a cul de sac it needs to have adequate signage at the top end but there’s only one sign and it’s not fit for purpose.

“It’s very small, very high up and on the wrong side of the road.”

A council spokesman said: “The council is happy to look at the signage indicating that Somers Road is a ‘No Through Road’.

“Obviously there is some signage already in place, but if there is any way to improve this we will look to implement this ASAP given the issues residents are experiencing.”

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10:45am Thu 3 Apr 14

Walthamster says...

How hard is it to put up a No Through Road sign? Yes, drivers should be able to see the existing sign, but they're obviously not seeing it, so a bigger and clearer one is needed. Come on Waltham Forest council - you're quick enough to put up dodgy no-parking signs.
How hard is it to put up a No Through Road sign? Yes, drivers should be able to see the existing sign, but they're obviously not seeing it, so a bigger and clearer one is needed. Come on Waltham Forest council - you're quick enough to put up dodgy no-parking signs. Walthamster
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