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Plans for 20mph limit in Romford town centre

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 November 2016

Waterloo Road, part of the ring road around the town centre. Picture Google Maps.

Waterloo Road, part of the ring road around the town centre. Picture Google Maps.

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Drivers could have to stick to 20mph in Romford town centre under proposals to create a new speed zone.

In the past five years, 185 people have been injured in accidents on and inside the ring road.

Three of the accidents were fatal, 11 were serious and 42 of them involved pedestrians.

Of those, seven were speed related and 35 occurred during the hours of darkness.

In a bid to improve safety, the council is consulting with residents over proposals which introducing the 20mph speed limit, a humped pelican crossing and coloured road surfacing.

It also plans to erect new road signs and paint new road markings.

Havering Council conducted a feasibility study on road use and found that up to 2,000 vehicles use the ring road per hour, clocking speeds of up to 49mph.

Up to 700 vehicles an hour travelled on roads inside the ring road, reaching speeds of 33mph.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for environment and regulatory services, said: “At a public meeting in Romford Town Ward earlier this week the council was urged to do something about this increasingly dangerous situation .

“That’s why we are asking local people for their views on our proposed Accident Reduction Programme.

“The safety of the public is our number one priority.”

Graeme Gibbons, who has been running a toiletries stall in Romford Market for 25 years, said he doesn’t think the new plans will negatively impact on businesses within the ring road.

“You probably can’t go a lot faster at certain times of day, I imagine the average speed can be lower than 20,” he said.

“There are too many cars and not enough road.”

Transport for London (TfL) approved funding of £95,000 for an Accident Reduction Programme in the borough in October last year.

Residents have until next Friday (November 11) to give feedback on the proposals.

Visit havering.gov.uk/consultations or call 01708 434343 for more information.

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