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Safety measures for Upminster roads to go before councillors

PUBLISHED: 08:18 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 08:18 04 January 2016

Traffic calming measures have been proposed in St Mary's Lane, Upminster Picture: Google streetview

Traffic calming measures have been proposed in St Mary's Lane, Upminster Picture: Google streetview

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Measures to improve safety on roads in Upminster will go before councillors tomorrow (Tuesday).

If approved the scheme to prevent road traffic accidents in Upminster Road and St Mary’s Lane will see speed tables installed.

In the five years to December 2014 21 accidents resulting in injury were recorded in Upminster Road and St Mary’s Lane.

One of these resulted in a fatality, two were serious and six involved pedestrians.

Three of the accidents occurred during hours of darkness.

Officers recommended five speed tables be introduced, including one at the entrance of Sacred Heart of St Mary RC School, St Mary’s Lane.

A speed survey showed carried out in the 30mph zone outside the school showed that 85per cent of vehicles were travelling at or below 37mph eastbound and 37mph westbound.

The highest speeds recorded were 48mph in the eastbound carriageway and 44mph westbound.

Council staff described the findings as “undesirable and a contributory factor to accidents”.

A proposal for a 20mph zone in St Mary’s Lane between Bridge Avenue and Gridiron Place has been removed from the plan following public consultation.

The consultation received 19 responses. Many supported the implementation of a 20mph, but several questioned if it would enforceable and suggested it would result in congestion.

Implementation of he scheme will cost £84,000 to be funded by Transport for London.

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