Redbridge Council likely to apply for TfL funding for puffin crossing in Broadway, Woodford Green

Woodford Green Broadway

Woodford Green Broadway

First published in Redbridge East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

REDBRIDGE council is likely to apply for funding from TfL for a puffin crossing in the Broadway, Woodford Green.

The crossing, which would cost an estimated £84,500, was first proposed in 2005.

There have been an average of 0.67 traffic accidents a year in the Broadway since June 2010, a figure higher than the London average of 0.44.

At a meeting of the council's Area Two committee last night, Councillor Linda Huggett of Monkhams ward, said: “Since the introduction of the new Sainsbury’s in the Broadway, traffic conditions have got worse and if we don’t get a crossing we will have a serious accident.”

Richard Hoskins, councillor for Church End ward, said: “It’s not what you would call a major accident blackspot, but if the funding can be found let’s do it.”

Councillor Felicity Banks asked Highways officer Cliff Woolnoth if a zebra crossing would be cheaper.

He said it would cost around half as much.

Cllr Banks said: “If it’s cheaper perhaps we could use some of the money for a crossing near Ray Lodge School, too.”

Installing the puffin crossing would necessitate the removal of two parking bays which it is estimated would cost the council £7,000 in lost revenue per year.

Councillors agreed to consult residents and traders on the proposals.

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