WALTHAMSTOW: Further crashes at accident blackspot

THERE have been further crashes at a spot were safety measures are said to have made the road more treacherous.

The accidents outside St Saviour’s Church in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow, on Saturday night saw cars repeatedly colliding with a traffic island.

A reflector which illuminates the traffic island was said to be missing.

This follows a head-on smash on Wednesday, which saw a driver swerve to avoid the island as he overtook a bus and plough straight into a car travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the overtaking vehicle ran from the scene, leaving the other with bones in both hands broken.

No-one is believed to have been seriously injured in the latest crashes.

Abad Sajad, 33, of Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, was one of the drivers who crashed into the traffic island on Saturday.

The crash caused him to have a serious asthma attack, which has since kept him off work.

He said: "I didn't even see (the traffic island).

“It was really dangerous. Someone could have been killed.”

Father William Obedoza of St Saviour's Church has voiced concerns about the safety of children who walk to schools in the area.

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2:05pm Mon 13 Dec 10

Heartlysmum says...

There is a new one of these in Larkshall Road just waiting to get run into.
There is a new one of these in Larkshall Road just waiting to get run into. Heartlysmum
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3:28pm Mon 13 Dec 10

Chinwagger says...

maybe it is time for a speed hump and two chicanes there?
maybe it is time for a speed hump and two chicanes there? Chinwagger
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4:53pm Mon 13 Dec 10

Walthamstow noob says...

There's nothing wrong with these islands IMHO, it's the idiot drivers in the area speeding up and down Markhouse Road that are the problem. People just can't stand the idea that they might have to wait 20 seconds while a bus stops and so every day you see complete idiots pulling out oblivious to anything coming the other way. Even without the reflectors there are clear white lines on the road showing that there are islands there. If anything they pose more of a danger to cyclists they narrow the road at those points.
There's nothing wrong with these islands IMHO, it's the idiot drivers in the area speeding up and down Markhouse Road that are the problem. People just can't stand the idea that they might have to wait 20 seconds while a bus stops and so every day you see complete idiots pulling out oblivious to anything coming the other way. Even without the reflectors there are clear white lines on the road showing that there are islands there. If anything they pose more of a danger to cyclists they narrow the road at those points. Walthamstow noob
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4:56pm Mon 13 Dec 10

md-j says...

This is defective design, for which the Council's highway engineers are legally responsible in person. Presumably they carry professional liability insurance? They won't mind defending their design skills in court.
Sooner rather than later, a cyclist will be killed where the road is constricted by these huge refuges.
It must be possible to design a cycle priority route from Lea Bridge Rd to Walthamstow High St which does not encroach upon this very narrow and very busy road,perhaps starting in Avondale and ending in Gosport Rd.
This is defective design, for which the Council's highway engineers are legally responsible in person. Presumably they carry professional liability insurance? They won't mind defending their design skills in court. Sooner rather than later, a cyclist will be killed where the road is constricted by these huge refuges. It must be possible to design a cycle priority route from Lea Bridge Rd to Walthamstow High St which does not encroach upon this very narrow and very busy road,perhaps starting in Avondale and ending in Gosport Rd. md-j
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5:56pm Mon 13 Dec 10

techiebabe says...

The other problem with these islands is that they force drivers into the cycle path. Not great for cyclists as you are relying on every driver checking their mirrors, every single time.
The other problem with these islands is that they force drivers into the cycle path. Not great for cyclists as you are relying on every driver checking their mirrors, every single time. techiebabe
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9:11pm Mon 13 Dec 10

hotredman says...

I am not suprised, what a stupid road layout. I was suprised to drive down Markhouse Rd recently, its a TOTAL mess! Driving a large vehicle like a bus or truck is a nightmare down there. The road only puts you on a collision course with other vehicles or close shaves which are near to the kerb, little room to manoevoure. And far more dangerous to cyclists.
A layout like that can only happen In LBWF courtesy of a moron like Clyde Joakes.

This country has gone to hell. You would never see these stupid comical road layouts in other EU or world class countries around the world.
I am not suprised, what a stupid road layout. I was suprised to drive down Markhouse Rd recently, its a TOTAL mess! Driving a large vehicle like a bus or truck is a nightmare down there. The road only puts you on a collision course with other vehicles or close shaves which are near to the kerb, little room to manoevoure. And far more dangerous to cyclists. A layout like that can only happen In LBWF courtesy of a moron like Clyde Joakes. This country has gone to hell. You would never see these stupid comical road layouts in other EU or world class countries around the world. hotredman
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11:52am Tue 14 Dec 10

Silent Majority 2009 says...

Having worked in Markhouse Road for many years this new layout is far better then the previous one. Speeding was frequent and often cars left the road and hit lamposts endangering pedestrians. As a pedestrian and cyclist I feel safer now especially as the police cars now do not use excessive speed. It was very frightening walking along the pavement with a police car travelling well over the speed limit with no room for error. It amazed me no school children were killed by the police. They either no longer use this route or they drive more sensibly as I have not noticed a speeding police car since the new layout was put in place. Changing to a pelican crossing was not beneficial as there is now a longer wait for pedestrains. Most days this road is so congested traffic cannot speed even it it wanted to!
Having worked in Markhouse Road for many years this new layout is far better then the previous one. Speeding was frequent and often cars left the road and hit lamposts endangering pedestrians. As a pedestrian and cyclist I feel safer now especially as the police cars now do not use excessive speed. It was very frightening walking along the pavement with a police car travelling well over the speed limit with no room for error. It amazed me no school children were killed by the police. They either no longer use this route or they drive more sensibly as I have not noticed a speeding police car since the new layout was put in place. Changing to a pelican crossing was not beneficial as there is now a longer wait for pedestrains. Most days this road is so congested traffic cannot speed even it it wanted to! Silent Majority 2009
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3:01pm Wed 15 Dec 10

skealey says...

The issue here is not motorists crashing into the central bollards (that comes down to impatience and dangerous driving) but the dangerous pinch points they pose to cyclists - as others have pointed out.

The pinch point at the very top of Markhouse road is the most murderous - the white lines actively diverting traffic towards the cycle lane in an impossibly small space.

If every one of those pinch points was replaced by a zebra crossing - giving pedestrians priority - then the road would be far safer.

(thanks to freewheeler for pointing me towards this article)
The issue here is not motorists crashing into the central bollards (that comes down to impatience and dangerous driving) but the dangerous pinch points they pose to cyclists - as others have pointed out. The pinch point at the very top of Markhouse road is the most murderous - the white lines actively diverting traffic towards the cycle lane in an impossibly small space. If every one of those pinch points was replaced by a zebra crossing - giving pedestrians priority - then the road would be far safer. (thanks to freewheeler for pointing me towards this article) skealey
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