Deputy Waltham Forest council leader Clyde Loakes agrees to look at safety measures in 'dangerous' Chingford Lane

Deputy council leader agrees to look at safety measures in 'dangerous' road

Campaigners met Iain Duncan Smith on Friday.

Waltham Forest councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for the environment

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The deputy leader of Waltham Forest council has agreed to look into measures to introduce traffic-calming measures in a 'dangerous' road used as a key rat-run.

People living in Chingford Lane, which connects Chingford with Woodford Green, say motorists regularly break the 30mph speed limit, putting children, who use the road to catch the 675 bus to school, in danger.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for the environment at Waltham Forest council, said there were already plans for a 20mph zone and he was happy to look at installing a pedestrian crossing.

The Labour councillor said: “There are no immediate plans to introduce a new pedestrian crossing along Chingford Lane, but we would be happy to look at such a request.

"It would appear that while the campaign has got as far as involving the MP and getting an article in the local newspaper, it hasn’t yet got round to approaching the council about the idea.

“The campaigners will be pleased to know that we are currently in the process of installing 20mph zones in all residential areas within the borough. 

"This particular location is due to be looked at during the next financial year (2015/16), and as part of this scheme it may be possible to introduce additional road safety measures, such as a crossing, if required.”

Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith met neighbours on Friday afternoon and has joined the campaign.
 

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2:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

The mini roundabouts have slowed traffic somewhat, but there will always be motorists who see an open road and motor on.

As buses use this road, I would expect the square-hump, style, calming measure, would be used. Ask any motorist; if the car is wide enough, it's still possible to exceed the speed limit, by carefully driving over these. I have seen, on various roads, boy-racers, weaving in and out of them.

Speed bumps do not necessarily slow the traffic. Why not install a speed camera, or instruct a local posse to use a radar gun? I'm sure there would be many locals who would take pleasure in using the latter.
The mini roundabouts have slowed traffic somewhat, but there will always be motorists who see an open road and motor on. As buses use this road, I would expect the square-hump, style, calming measure, would be used. Ask any motorist; if the car is wide enough, it's still possible to exceed the speed limit, by carefully driving over these. I have seen, on various roads, boy-racers, weaving in and out of them. Speed bumps do not necessarily slow the traffic. Why not install a speed camera, or instruct a local posse to use a radar gun? I'm sure there would be many locals who would take pleasure in using the latter. Thunderbird4
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4:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

WoodfordGreenResident says...

This is such a dangerous road - the whole way along. It is wide and the combination of this and the lack of houses along the majority of the road seems to encourage cars to use it like a race track. There are several mini roundabouts along it, yet cars drive so fast that if you are trying to pull onto Chingford Lane at one of the roundabouts you risk being hit by a car that should give way to you as they either can't stop or don't bother. I live just off Chingford Lane and have had several very near misses where I have had the right of way, mainly as a result of speeding cars. It doesn't help that the Corporation of London doesn't keep the grass on the strip of forest land alongside the road cut back as you can't see what is coming when you are trying to pull out and cars on the main road can't see you. Only yesterday a car was hit on the mini roundabout outside St Andrews Church on the jct with Elm Grove, by a car that should have given way.
This is such a dangerous road - the whole way along. It is wide and the combination of this and the lack of houses along the majority of the road seems to encourage cars to use it like a race track. There are several mini roundabouts along it, yet cars drive so fast that if you are trying to pull onto Chingford Lane at one of the roundabouts you risk being hit by a car that should give way to you as they either can't stop or don't bother. I live just off Chingford Lane and have had several very near misses where I have had the right of way, mainly as a result of speeding cars. It doesn't help that the Corporation of London doesn't keep the grass on the strip of forest land alongside the road cut back as you can't see what is coming when you are trying to pull out and cars on the main road can't see you. Only yesterday a car was hit on the mini roundabout outside St Andrews Church on the jct with Elm Grove, by a car that should have given way. WoodfordGreenResident
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7:43pm Thu 26 Jun 14

chingford lad says...

This road surely is a main road, and a bus route so I can`t see how anyone who uses it should be labelled as rat running! This road was also till recently a 40 mph zone. It was a great mistake to put in the mini roundabouts that broke the long stretch of road into short sections, motorists don`t see it as such & most drive over the roundabouts without slowing. Don`t get me wrong, I know the road is dangerous in its present format, I have said for a long time there will be a terrible & fatal accident should the layout not be changed but the blame must be laid at the door of those blockheads who sanctioned such an idiotic layout. If there is only one thing to be learned in life it it to THINK.
This road surely is a main road, and a bus route so I can`t see how anyone who uses it should be labelled as rat running! This road was also till recently a 40 mph zone. It was a great mistake to put in the mini roundabouts that broke the long stretch of road into short sections, motorists don`t see it as such & most drive over the roundabouts without slowing. Don`t get me wrong, I know the road is dangerous in its present format, I have said for a long time there will be a terrible & fatal accident should the layout not be changed but the blame must be laid at the door of those blockheads who sanctioned such an idiotic layout. If there is only one thing to be learned in life it it to THINK. chingford lad
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5:34pm Fri 27 Jun 14

WoodfordGreenResident says...

chingford lad wrote:
This road surely is a main road, and a bus route so I can`t see how anyone who uses it should be labelled as rat running! This road was also till recently a 40 mph zone. It was a great mistake to put in the mini roundabouts that broke the long stretch of road into short sections, motorists don`t see it as such & most drive over the roundabouts without slowing. Don`t get me wrong, I know the road is dangerous in its present format, I have said for a long time there will be a terrible & fatal accident should the layout not be changed but the blame must be laid at the door of those blockheads who sanctioned such an idiotic layout. If there is only one thing to be learned in life it it to THINK.
I totally agree that the layout definitely needs to be reviewed otherwise there is a very real danger of a fatality. I was overtaken a couple of weeks ago by a car doing well in excess of 30 mph - he overtook two cars in a row who were sticking to 30mph. Chingford Lad, we have lived here for nine years and it has been a 30 limit for all of that time so I'm not sure when it was a 40 mph zone?
[quote][p][bold]chingford lad[/bold] wrote: This road surely is a main road, and a bus route so I can`t see how anyone who uses it should be labelled as rat running! This road was also till recently a 40 mph zone. It was a great mistake to put in the mini roundabouts that broke the long stretch of road into short sections, motorists don`t see it as such & most drive over the roundabouts without slowing. Don`t get me wrong, I know the road is dangerous in its present format, I have said for a long time there will be a terrible & fatal accident should the layout not be changed but the blame must be laid at the door of those blockheads who sanctioned such an idiotic layout. If there is only one thing to be learned in life it it to THINK.[/p][/quote]I totally agree that the layout definitely needs to be reviewed otherwise there is a very real danger of a fatality. I was overtaken a couple of weeks ago by a car doing well in excess of 30 mph - he overtook two cars in a row who were sticking to 30mph. Chingford Lad, we have lived here for nine years and it has been a 30 limit for all of that time so I'm not sure when it was a 40 mph zone? WoodfordGreenResident
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