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Notorious junction Gallows Corner will finally be made safer

PUBLISHED: 13:24 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:38 07 January 2016

The A12 is closed eastbound at the Gallows Corner junction with the A127 [Photograph from Google StreetView]

The A12 is closed eastbound at the Gallows Corner junction with the A127 [Photograph from Google StreetView]

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Notorious accident hotspot Gallows Corner is set to undergo safety improvements after TfL completed an 18-month study.

The government body will soon announce its plans ahead of a consultation, but MP Andrew Rosindell has revealed his disappointment Boris Johnson did not act sooner.

The notorious roundabout in Romford, named after a place criminals used to be hanged, links the A12, A127, Main Road, Straight Road and Colchester Road and along with its fly over - built as a temporary measure in 1970 - it forms one of London’s busiest junctions.

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

In 2012, a cyclist was killed in a rush-hour crash and since then there has been a number of bad crashes.

Tory London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith visited the junction before Christmas with Andrew Rosindell ahead of the May election.

Mr Goldsmith tweeted: “Gallows Corner flyover in Havering is a safety nightmare & needs overhaul - TfL needs to sort the problem urgently.”

Mr Rosindell, has been pushing for work to be done at Gallows Corner for 12 years.

Speaking to the Recorder, he welcomed news of the improvements, which in 2014 Boris Johnson said would be completed by Spring this year.

He said: “I invited Zac down to see it because Boris Johnson has not been able to do it, which is a major disappointment. I’m hoping Zac will be able to do it when he becomes mayor.

“We are talking a lot of money here, it’s not a cheap job. But for the long term benefits of all the motorists who use it I think the time has come to invest.

“It’s a junction that needs major improvements and reconstruction similar to the ones on the North Circular. It is an outdated road layout and needs an underpass to replace the flyover.”

The opening of a new KFC restaurant on the junction has also had a major impact on the traffic, with tailbacks onto the roundabout a frequent danger.

A TfL spokesman said: “We have carried out a road safety study on Gallows Corner junction which made a number of recommendations to improve safety and reduce the number of vehicle collisions. Designs to take forward these recommendations are nearly finished and a public consultation on these will be held in early 2016.”

Unrelated emergency repairs are being done on the flyover today until 4.30pm.

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