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Busy Hornchurch road to benefit from £85,000 of traffic safety improvements

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 September 2017

31 accidents have been recorded in Wingletye Lane in the last five years.

31 accidents have been recorded in Wingletye Lane in the last five years.

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A busy Hornchurch road that is home to three schools is to benefit from £85,000 of safety improvements to try and kick accidents there to the kerb.

As part of a scheme to reduce the number of road accidents across Havering, Wingletye Lane in Hornchurch will have a wide range of traffic safety measures installed later this year.

These include two new humped pedestrian crossings outside Havering Sixth Form college at the road’s southern end, both humped and flat pedestrian crossings outside Emerson Park Academy and a new humped zebra crossing near the entrance to Campion School.

However, after a number of residents complained about further plans to introduce a mini-roundabout at the Sylvan Road junction, saying it would simply make driving on the road more dangerous, this was dropped from the scheme.

An effort by Councillor John Mylod to also have the scheme look at installing a mirror to make the turning out of Minster Way easier for drivers was not successful, as a Havering Council officer told him that mirrors on public highways “create a whole load of other problems for drivers”.

The plan will be funded by an estimated £85,000 grant from Transport for London’s accident reduction programme.

Although Havering councillors had raised concerns that new roadworks on Wingletye Lane would cause “traffic chaos” when combined with the ongoing works on the nearby A127, officers stated they did not believe any significant additional disruption would be caused.

A survey conducted by Havering Council showed that as many as 1,300 vehicles an hour used the 30mph speed limit road in peak times, with speeds as high as 45mph being recorded.

In five years before October 2016, 31 accidents were recorded along the road – four were serious, four were speed related, eight involved pedestrians and six occurred during hours of darkness.

The plan was debated at a meeting of the council’s highways advisory committee on Tuesday evening and was passed by 10 votes with one abstaining.

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