WANSTEAD: Rat run campaign to continue despite council concessions (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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WANSTEAD: Rat run campaign to continue despite council concessions
PEOPLE living in two roads used as a commuter rat run say measures introduced to alleviate the problem do not go far enough.
More than 100 concerned neighbours signed a petition calling on the council to take action to reduce the speed and volume of traffic in Wellington and Nelson roads in Wanstead.
They say motorists are cutting down the road, often at speed, to avoid the traffic lights in Hermon Hill.
At a council committee meeting held on Monday, councillors agreed to pay £1,000 for new slow markings and flashing signs telling drivers to reduce their speed on the roads.
Councillors told residents that data collected on traffic flow at the site did not indicate the problem was serious enough to warrant any further action, but did agree to revisit the issue if residents continued to be concerned.
Neighbours say the council’s method of data collection is flawed because it averages out traffic over the course of the day.
Those at the meeting were also visibly unimpressed with councillors who admitted they had visited the roads outside the rush hour when traffic problems are at their worst.
Wellington Road spokesman Peter Hodgkinson said: “We got together on Thursday (March 22) to discuss the measures.
“We welcome the acknowledgment that there is a problem, but we feel these measures only address speed, not the volume of traffic.
“We also felt it was unfortunate that councillors did not visit during the rush hour.”
Mr Hodgkinson added that campaigners would go back to the council and ask them to consider ways to reduce the flow of traffic in the roads.
“We are not traffic engineers,” he said. “So we would like to have a consultation where the council suggests ways to us in which they can reduce the amount of traffic on the road.”
Cllr Peter Goody, who represents Snaresbrook ward, said: “We have been down there, not during the rush hour I do admit, and there was absolutely no problem at the time.”
And he added: “I’m prepared to be told there is more of a problem in the rush hour, although I think increased volume is unlikely to lead to increased speed.”
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