CHINGFORD: Concern over delay to pedestrian crossing repairs

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: CHINGFORD: Concern over delay to pedestrian crossing repairs CHINGFORD: Concern over delay to pedestrian crossing repairs

PENSIONERS are afraid to cross a busy main road because a set of pedestrian lights have been out of order for a month following a crash.

The crossing in Chingford Mount Road, by the junction with Hampton Road, was installed in the 1990s after a fatal smash and has been well-used by walkers in the area ever since.

The lights were broken after reportedly being hit by a car around four weeks ago and have been replaced. But residents have been left frustrated because they have still not been turned on.

Maureen Goodwin, 70, of nearby Kingsley Gardens, said she feared someone would get run over unless it was brought back into use soon.

She said: "It's a dangerous bit of the road because cars go very fast and the crossing is near a blind bend.

"The other day I just about managed to get across when a car whooshed behind me, and I'm a fairly quick walker.

"I saw another elderly man going across with his blind daughter and they only just made it.

"People are afraid and I don't want to go across at night because I am so concerned about it. It's not safe unless we have those lights.

"It's an accident waiting to happen."

There remains confusion over the reason for the delay in getting the lights working again.

Mrs Goodwin said she had contacted both Transport for London (TfL) and Waltham Forest Council but both reportedly said it was the other's responsibility.

Reverend Malcolm Boulter is the pastor of South Chingford Congregational Church, which is located right next to the crossing.

He told the Guardian: “We are concerned about it. We do get crashes there occasionally but usually it's repaired within a couple of days, so I'm surprised it's been going on this long.

“The situation has made it quite difficult for our elderly folk, most of whom use the crossing and of course don't move that quickly.”

The Guardian is awaiting a comment from TfL and the council.

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2:27pm Mon 12 Mar 12

Tom Thumb says...

"Mrs Goodwin said she had contacted both Transport for London (TfL) and Waltham Forest Council but both reportedly said it was the other's responsibility."

Hardly a surprise as both are thoroughly useless. TfL's number one priority is keeping motor vehicles flowing as fast as possible, irrespective of how this affects other road users. All over London crossings for pedestrians are either being removed or having their timings changed to give pedestrians less time to cross. Blame Boris Johnson for this.

But locally things are no better under our council. For example, the advisory flashing speed sign across the road from the dog stadium has been broken for years. So are lots of others all over the borough. They were put up to provide a photo opportunity for Councillor Loakes, then not maintained. The one at the junction of Woodstock Road and Forest Road disappeared one day. I rang up the town hall and asked what had happened to it but nobody had a clue why it had been removed or where it had gone to.

But as we know from the Leyton bike shed farce, this council can't even run a bike shed efficiently.

Chingford Mount Road is a good example of everything that is wrong with transport planning in London at both a local and city wide level. Regular car crashes are regarded as just one of those things, the sleazy Met has no interest in enforcing speeding or any other traffic laws, and pedestrian crossings like this one are not maintained because walking is not important to the limo-lifestyle "essential car user" managers and councillors in local government.
"Mrs Goodwin said she had contacted both Transport for London (TfL) and Waltham Forest Council but both reportedly said it was the other's responsibility." Hardly a surprise as both are thoroughly useless. TfL's number one priority is keeping motor vehicles flowing as fast as possible, irrespective of how this affects other road users. All over London crossings for pedestrians are either being removed or having their timings changed to give pedestrians less time to cross. Blame Boris Johnson for this. But locally things are no better under our council. For example, the advisory flashing speed sign across the road from the dog stadium has been broken for years. So are lots of others all over the borough. They were put up to provide a photo opportunity for Councillor Loakes, then not maintained. The one at the junction of Woodstock Road and Forest Road disappeared one day. I rang up the town hall and asked what had happened to it but nobody had a clue why it had been removed or where it had gone to. But as we know from the Leyton bike shed farce, this council can't even run a bike shed efficiently. Chingford Mount Road is a good example of everything that is wrong with transport planning in London at both a local and city wide level. Regular car crashes are regarded as just one of those things, the sleazy Met has no interest in enforcing speeding or any other traffic laws, and pedestrian crossings like this one are not maintained because walking is not important to the limo-lifestyle "essential car user" managers and councillors in local government. Tom Thumb

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