No safety measures on roads used by speeding drivers, say council officers

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Residents of Wellington Road photographed last year in their bid to prevent their road being a rat run Residents of Wellington Road photographed last year in their bid to prevent their road being a rat run

NO safety measures should be introduced in two roads used as rat-runs by speeding motorists despite widespread concern among households, according to Redbridge Council officers.

A Freedom of Information disclosure revealed a council traffic survey found a total of 1,731 motorists used Wellington Road and Nelson Roads in Wanstead in just 24 hours, with one driver clocked travelling at 70mph in the 30mph zone.

Six more cars were measured being driven at above 50mph, with a further 240 breaking the speed limit.

Now the full research, which was carried out during three separate weeks over the last 12 months, has been released on the eve of consideration by councillors at an Area One Committee meeting.

Council officers have decided action is not justified as 85 per cent of drivers adhered to the speed limit.

The report also states the roads have a good safety record and would therefore not attract funding for safety measures, which would cost more than £50,000.

Now a resident living in the street fears someone could be seriously injured.

Sylvia Mullen, 83, of Wellington Road, said: "Will they wait until someone gets killed before doing something?

"Cars come flying around the corner like bats out of Hell. I do hope they go against the recommendation and do something sensible."

More than 80 people living in the roads handed in a petition to the council earlier this year demanding action on the roads.

An initial Freedom of Information request for the full results of the survey was turned down on the grounds that it would be published at a later date.

The 24-hour sample results were eventually released following repeated requests.

Councillors will consider the report at a meeting on Monday at Wanstead Church School in Church Path.

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4:19pm Wed 21 Nov 12

jef costello says...

Typical of the car-centric mindset of this country. People should come before cars, always.
Typical of the car-centric mindset of this country. People should come before cars, always. jef costello

4:39pm Wed 21 Nov 12

ClifftonX says...

jef costello wrote:
Typical of the car-centric mindset of this country. People should come before cars, always.
Stupid comment - people need cars. Fact. Even a 1 mile trip is better in a car if you have kids to transport. It is only the cycling loonies who think that the world would be a better place without cars. I use a car for work and for leisure and I won't give it up.
[quote][p][bold]jef costello[/bold] wrote: Typical of the car-centric mindset of this country. People should come before cars, always.[/p][/quote]Stupid comment - people need cars. Fact. Even a 1 mile trip is better in a car if you have kids to transport. It is only the cycling loonies who think that the world would be a better place without cars. I use a car for work and for leisure and I won't give it up. ClifftonX

6:43pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Tom Thumb says...

Redbridge Council couldn't care less if people get killed by speeding motorists.

It is a 100% car-centric council, utterly devoted to the driver. It is a council which turns a blind eye to obstructive pavement parking.

This is what you get if you vote Conservative. It's not known as the nasty party for nothing.
Redbridge Council couldn't care less if people get killed by speeding motorists. It is a 100% car-centric council, utterly devoted to the driver. It is a council which turns a blind eye to obstructive pavement parking. This is what you get if you vote Conservative. It's not known as the nasty party for nothing. Tom Thumb

6:43pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Tom Thumb says...

Redbridge Council couldn't care less if people get killed by speeding motorists.

It is a 100% car-centric council, utterly devoted to the driver. It is a council which turns a blind eye to obstructive pavement parking.

This is what you get if you vote Conservative. It's not known as the nasty party for nothing.
Redbridge Council couldn't care less if people get killed by speeding motorists. It is a 100% car-centric council, utterly devoted to the driver. It is a council which turns a blind eye to obstructive pavement parking. This is what you get if you vote Conservative. It's not known as the nasty party for nothing. Tom Thumb

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