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Calls for major work at Gallows Corner accident hotspot

Emergency services respond to a car crash at Gallows Corner roundabout in Romford Emergency services respond to a car crash at Gallows Corner roundabout in Romford

Friday, June 13, 2014
7:00 AM

Calls for a major overhaul at a notorious accident hotspot have been reignited following three crashes in two days last week.

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Gallows Corner roundabout in Romford links the A12, A127, Main Road, Straight Road and Colchester Road.

Along with its fly over - built as a temporary measure in 1970 - it forms one of London’s busiest junctions, and has been subject to numerous campaigns for improved safety.

Following an accident on Friday last week, two women were taken to hospital and Main Road was cordoned off for much of the afternoon.

Two more crashes on Saturday brought the total for the last month to seven, according to London Ambulance Service.

The first, at 11.45am near the Straight Road exit, resulted in a woman in her 30s being taken to hospital after a two-vehicle smash.

Another woman in her 30s was taken to hospital following a second crash at 4pm on the A127.

Speaking after the crash on Friday, a Romford fireman said crews were called to the junction “all the time,” and residents have now spoken about their fears, with some too scared to navigate it.

Posting on Streetlife, Jean S said: “I live quite close to Gallows Corner and avoid driving around the roundabout or going over the flyover and I have been driving 50 years, I have seen too many accidents occur.”

Linda D, said she would be returning to driving soon and “will be travelling down Lower Bedfords Road rather than running the gauntlet.”

Named after the place criminals used to be hanged, close to Eastern Avenue East (A12), Gallows Corner is shrouded in infamy and in 2012 a motorcyclist was killed in a rush-hour crash.

A Recorder-backed scheme in the mid-1990s sought to make it safer and in 2008 it was named the eighth most dangerous junction in London.

In 2009, Transport for London (TfL) completed work on the flyover, but Romford Tory MP Andrew Rosindell has called for more action, and urged TfL to “take it seriously.”

He said: “It is way over due for major works. A proper road management scheme needs to be budgeted for. It would not be cheap but we don’t want to wait for another fatal accident [to happen].”

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