Broken traffic light on Broadmead Road, Woodford Green blamed for near miss at crossing

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Chris Wallis at the crossing where his grandson was nearly hit Chris Wallis at the crossing where his grandson was nearly hit

A SIX-YEAR-OLD narrowly escaped being run over at the same set of traffic lights where his younger brother was hit 16 months ago.

Lewis Sullivan was on his way home to Glebe Avenue from Woodford Wells School in Woodford Green with his four-year-old brother Owen and granddad Chris Wallis, 64.

As the trio crossed Broadmead Road at the junction of Broomhill Road, Mr Wallis spotted a car speeding towards Lewis.

He said: “I made sure he waited for the green man so I thought there was nothing to worry about.

“But then I saw a couple of cars coming towards him, and one definitely wasn’t slowing down.”

Mr Wallis dashed in front of the oncoming car, raising his hand in a desperate plea for it to stop, and the vehicle screeched to a halt just yards from little Lewis.

Mr Wallis said: “I rushed over to ask the driver what he was doing.
“He just said ‘Sorry, I didn’t see the light.’

“The visor over the red light had slipped down obscuring it, and it was clear he’d missed it.”

The boys’ mum Clare Sullivan, 37, says the visor has been broken for at least three weeks.

She added: “It’s one of those things you see and think ‘that should have been fixed’ and I am a bit angry with myself for not reporting it.

“But someone should be checking these lights for faults regularly anyway.”

Mrs Sullivan’s other son Owen was lucky to escape serious injury after being dragged along the road by a car at the same crossing last June.

On that occasion an overgrown tree had obscured the traffic light and a motorist hit Owen as he crossed the road with Lewis and the family’s au pair.

The Corporation of London cut the tree back after the accident, but while TfL are responsible for the maintenance of the lights, Mrs Sullivan says she wants both organisations to do more to maintain the crossing.

She explained: “People come around that corner at real speed.

“I would like to see something warning motorists that there is a crossing before they turn – flashing lights maybe.

“But more regular checks also need to be made. There’s no way a traffic light should stay broken for this long.

“Owen and Lewis were lucky, but I really do believe it is only a matter of time before someone is killed there.”

TfL fixed the light after the Guardian informed them it was broken.

We are currently awaiting a statement from TfL.

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3:26pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Cornbeefur says...

The speeding cars here are a menace and it really is about time that additions measures were implemented like chicanes or similar extra calming features.

It is madness that the gentleman had to wave down oncoming traffic just to get across.
The speeding cars here are a menace and it really is about time that additions measures were implemented like chicanes or similar extra calming features. It is madness that the gentleman had to wave down oncoming traffic just to get across. Cornbeefur
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4:48pm Tue 2 Oct 12

PCanal says...

There is a report going to Area 2 tonight asking us to spend £14k removing the grey imprint, which cost £16k, which designed to stop cars speeding on Broadmead Road. I would welcome residents comments.

Cllr Paul Canal
@RedbridgeBlue
There is a report going to Area 2 tonight asking us to spend £14k removing the grey imprint, which cost £16k, which designed to stop cars speeding on Broadmead Road. I would welcome residents comments. Cllr Paul Canal @RedbridgeBlue PCanal
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12:53pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Elizabeth2151 says...

Those lights can be slightly confusing at times as well because not all drivers look at the second set of lights as the pedestrian lights aren't linked up to the main light system.

Why don't they just combine them both together and stop all cars coming forward/turning the corner when the green light is on?
Those lights can be slightly confusing at times as well because not all drivers look at the second set of lights as the pedestrian lights aren't linked up to the main light system. Why don't they just combine them both together and stop all cars coming forward/turning the corner when the green light is on? Elizabeth2151
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12:53pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Elizabeth2151 says...

*by green light, I meant when the green man is on.
*by green light, I meant when the green man is on. Elizabeth2151
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