Stirling Corner: 'We can't let our campaign fail now'

This Is Local London: Stirling Corner: 'We can't let our campaign fail now' Stirling Corner: 'We can't let our campaign fail now'

Campaigners are urging drivers to keep up the fight to install permanent traffic lights at a “death trap” junction as a trial period comes to an end.

Transport for London (TfL) finally agreed to test 24-hour traffic lights at Stirling Corner, on the border of Borehamwood and Barnet, after a ten year campaign.

Previously, lights were only on between 3.30pm and 5.30pm but hundreds complained the “lethal” roundabout would benefit from permanent signals.

But a year on since TfL's apparent change of heart, people now have until May 31 to register their views on whether the lights should become a permanent fixture.

Long-standing campaigner Sue Alford, of Hunter Close, Borehamwood, said: “We don’t to return to the days of people shaking with fear whenever they go through it.

“Part time lights cause more chaos, uncertainty and confusion to drivers. It’s basic common sense and it’s our safety they’re toying with.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned in ensuring Stirling Corner remains a safe place for everyone.”

So far, only 153 people have responded with their views, with the overall majority in favour of keeping the lights turned on.

But with 33,000 residents in Borehamwood alone, campaigners are reaching out to people in the “final hour”.

TfL is also consulting on whether to reduce the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph on the approach between Rowley Lane and Courtland Avenue, and the A1.

Pedestrians claim they struggle to cross the road to get to the Morrisons superstore, because traffic approaches from the A1 at speeds of up to 70mph.

There are also calls for better safety mechanisms for cyclists, a better exit for traffic exiting Morrisons and a tweak to the traffic light timings for at the southside to Barnet Lane.

Ms Alford added: “We cannot have our ten-year campaign fail at this late stage. We’re not sure what TfL might say and we’re worried.”

Fellow campaigner Tony DeSwarte, of Nash Close, said: “People need to get their views across. It’s a racetrack, and driving that fast is completely unnecessary.”

The proposals were originally spiked in 2000 by Barnet Council’s former cabinet member for environment Brian Coleman, who called them “madness".

But calls for increased safety measures grew louder after a spate of crashes in the area from 2003 to 2011, including a number of deaths.

GLA member for Barnet, Andrew Dismore, has been leading the campaign.

He said: “The trial has been a real success, and it would be a real disappointment if they changed their minds now that they’ve got the support of local people. It’s been more than ten years now.

“I am pleased that we no longer have Brian Coleman as an obstacle. It’s an important safety factor, and hopefully TfL will listen to our views on it.”

The Times Series is awaiting comment from Transport for London.

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12:36pm Thu 29 May 14

BarnetTrader says...

'So far, only 153 people have responded '

If we knew where to respond there would be MANY more replies. I have searched the TFL website and cannot find anything.
'So far, only 153 people have responded ' If we knew where to respond there would be MANY more replies. I have searched the TFL website and cannot find anything. BarnetTrader
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1:24pm Thu 29 May 14

Richard Logue says...

Send an email NOW to londonstreets@tfl.go
v.uk asking for the lights to be kept on 24/7, and to provide safe pedestrian crossing and a safe exit for motorists at Morrisons. Copy the email to andrew.dismore@londo
n.gov.uk and contactsuzanne@gmail
.com - Suzanne is part of the Elstree & Borehamwood Residents Association and I am part of the Mill Hill Residents Association.

It is in all of our interests to improve the safety at Stirling Corner. Please send that email today.
Send an email NOW to londonstreets@tfl.go v.uk asking for the lights to be kept on 24/7, and to provide safe pedestrian crossing and a safe exit for motorists at Morrisons. Copy the email to andrew.dismore@londo n.gov.uk and contactsuzanne@gmail .com - Suzanne is part of the Elstree & Borehamwood Residents Association and I am part of the Mill Hill Residents Association. It is in all of our interests to improve the safety at Stirling Corner. Please send that email today. Richard Logue
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1:27pm Thu 29 May 14

Richard Logue says...

Richard Logue wrote:
Send an email NOW to londonstreets@tfl.go v.uk asking for the lights to be kept on 24/7, and to provide safe pedestrian crossing and a safe exit for motorists at Morrisons. Copy the email to andrew.dismore@londo n.gov.uk and contactsuzanne@gmail .com - Suzanne is part of the Elstree & Borehamwood Residents Association and I am part of the Mill Hill Residents Association. It is in all of our interests to improve the safety at Stirling Corner. Please send that email today.
Emails didnt appear clearly in the last post so here goes again:

londonstreets@tfl.go
v.uk
andrew.dismore@londo
n.gov.uk
contactsuzanne@gmail
.com
cllr.clive@gmail.com
[quote][p][bold]Richard Logue[/bold] wrote: Send an email NOW to londonstreets@tfl.go v.uk asking for the lights to be kept on 24/7, and to provide safe pedestrian crossing and a safe exit for motorists at Morrisons. Copy the email to andrew.dismore@londo n.gov.uk and contactsuzanne@gmail .com - Suzanne is part of the Elstree & Borehamwood Residents Association and I am part of the Mill Hill Residents Association. It is in all of our interests to improve the safety at Stirling Corner. Please send that email today.[/p][/quote]Emails didnt appear clearly in the last post so here goes again: londonstreets@tfl.go v.uk andrew.dismore@londo n.gov.uk contactsuzanne@gmail .com cllr.clive@gmail.com Richard Logue
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1:30pm Thu 29 May 14

Richard Logue says...

For some reason the Time Series comments distort and insert line breaks in email addresses!
For some reason the Time Series comments distort and insert line breaks in email addresses! Richard Logue
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6:33pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

"TfL is also consulting on whether to reduce the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph on the approach between Rowley Lane and Courtland Avenue, and the A1."

How is this going to help? It's a roundabout, so traffic slows down. Nothing will be going anywhere near 70mph when it reaches the junction.

And anyway, why reduce the limit all the way from all the way from Rowley Lane to Courtland Avenue?
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"TfL is also consulting on whether to reduce the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph on the approach between Rowley Lane and Courtland Avenue, and the A1." How is this going to help? It's a roundabout, so traffic slows down. Nothing will be going anywhere near 70mph when it reaches the junction. And anyway, why reduce the limit all the way from all the way from Rowley Lane to Courtland Avenue? . Edgar de Jarnac
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