Over 70 households have signed a petition calling for speed calming measures along Highams Park's Winchester Road

Karen Murray (centre) with concerned residents at the top end of Winchester Road

Karen Murray (centre) with concerned residents at the top end of Winchester Road

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A concerned mother is calling on Waltham Forest council to implement speed calming measures along a busy road before she claims someone is killed.

Karen Murray, 42, of Winchester Road in Highams Park, has said she is fed up of seeing near-misses, smashed wing mirrors, and major collisions with parked vehicles, as a result of reckless drivers and speeding motorists along her road. 

The petition launched earlier this month by the mother-of-four has received over 70 signatures from households, and has since been passed onto the council.

Of the responses, the majority of people cited speeding and damage to parked vehicles as the main problem along the 30mph road.

"The support has been overwhelming and it's not until you speak to neighbours that you realise we all share the same concern.

"It is so dangerous and I'm frustrated at the way it is being used as a race track by drivers with little respect for the speed limit.

"I am amazed no-one has been killed at the zebra crossing, and it is sheer luck no-one has been seriously hurt.

"It is a major access route for all parents with children on the school run and I regularly see drivers exceed 50mph" said Ms Murray.

Hale End and Highams Park ward cllr Sherree Rackham said action needs to be taken.

She said: "I would like a proper consultation carried out giving fair and clear choices for residents to accept, and a traffic scheme put in place that serves residents, drivers and pedestrians using Winchester Road. 

"Something must be done before there is a serious accident along the road as the traffic I witness goes far too fast down Winchester Road."

The council has said it will carry out speed monitoring tests along the road to see if a pattern emerges. 

 

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6:13pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Yes because it is the only road in Walthamstow that has this problem?

They should be calling for more enforcement by the police, but don't hold your breath.
Yes because it is the only road in Walthamstow that has this problem? They should be calling for more enforcement by the police, but don't hold your breath. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

9:09am Wed 23 Apr 14

sd1969 says...

It doesn't help that it is a heavily used bus and large goods vehicle route, it's not wide enough for these vehicles in conjunction with normal sized vehicles. This was proved the other week when an extra large load caused chaos one morning as this is the route provided to drivers by SatNavs. But PLEASE no more speed bumps, I've already had to replace shock absorbers in my car as I live on a road with them.
It doesn't help that it is a heavily used bus and large goods vehicle route, it's not wide enough for these vehicles in conjunction with normal sized vehicles. This was proved the other week when an extra large load caused chaos one morning as this is the route provided to drivers by SatNavs. But PLEASE no more speed bumps, I've already had to replace shock absorbers in my car as I live on a road with them. sd1969
  • Score: 5

12:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

HottRedMan says...

Typical NIMBY comments, I bet they go speeding as they say in other roads, but they just don't want anyone doing it on their road.
The result of damaged mirrors is due to it being a narrow road, nothing would stop that, unless the road was widened, not even speed humps etc.
Typical NIMBY comments, I bet they go speeding as they say in other roads, but they just don't want anyone doing it on their road. The result of damaged mirrors is due to it being a narrow road, nothing would stop that, unless the road was widened, not even speed humps etc. HottRedMan
  • Score: -4

6:51pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Jaydaddy says...

You take your life in your own hands each day getting in and out of your vehicle ,I've had my arm hit on several occasions by passing traffic unwilling to slow down .Its only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or worse .
You take your life in your own hands each day getting in and out of your vehicle ,I've had my arm hit on several occasions by passing traffic unwilling to slow down .Its only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or worse . Jaydaddy
  • Score: 3

3:47pm Sat 26 Apr 14

kirstywright says...

HottRedMan wrote:
Typical NIMBY comments, I bet they go speeding as they say in other roads, but they just don't want anyone doing it on their road.
The result of damaged mirrors is due to it being a narrow road, nothing would stop that, unless the road was widened, not even speed humps etc.
good idea lets widen the road so it stops just 2 inches short of the front doors of the houses in winchester road - or maybe rip up the pavement and ban people walking down the road. -- doh!!
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: Typical NIMBY comments, I bet they go speeding as they say in other roads, but they just don't want anyone doing it on their road. The result of damaged mirrors is due to it being a narrow road, nothing would stop that, unless the road was widened, not even speed humps etc.[/p][/quote]good idea lets widen the road so it stops just 2 inches short of the front doors of the houses in winchester road - or maybe rip up the pavement and ban people walking down the road. -- doh!! kirstywright
  • Score: 3

10:42am Thu 1 May 14

kirstywright says...

Jaydaddy wrote:
You take your life in your own hands each day getting in and out of your vehicle ,I've had my arm hit on several occasions by passing traffic unwilling to slow down .Its only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or worse .
agree - so why are the tory cllrs against the same measures in Larkshall road -
[quote][p][bold]Jaydaddy[/bold] wrote: You take your life in your own hands each day getting in and out of your vehicle ,I've had my arm hit on several occasions by passing traffic unwilling to slow down .Its only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or worse .[/p][/quote]agree - so why are the tory cllrs against the same measures in Larkshall road - kirstywright
  • Score: 2

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