‘Status quo is not acceptable’ – Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pledges to improve Gallows Corner
PUBLISHED: 14:50 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:20 11 July 2016
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan pledged to consider all options to improve Gallows Corner during his first visit to the borough since his election.
“The status quo is not acceptable. Everything else is on the table,” said Mr Khan looking at the flyover over accident blackspot Gallows Corner, yesterday.
“I cannot impose any solutions, this is team work,” he added.
The mayor said the plans needed to be a partnership between the mayor’s office, Transport for London (TFL) and Havering Council.
TFL’s managing director for surface transport Leon Daniels and deputy mayor of London for transport Val Shawcross CBE both accompanied the mayor on his visit.
Committing to look at the issue seriously, Mr Khan added: “I am a mayor for all Londoners and not just for Zone One.”
The poor safety record of the five arm roundabout and flyover, in Romford, has prompted improvement calls for many years.
Mr Khan said: “When Keith Prince raised this issue with me, I was not aware of Gallows Corner. He made a strong case of his concerns about safety. I was struck about the number of people hurt and I am very concerned.”
Earlier this year, TFL revealed plans to slow traffic as it approaches the junction and help it flow more safely following a 36-month study.
The improvements included making the central island bigger, improving road markings and extending the 30mph approach on both sides of the A12 and the A127.
But Romford MP Andrew Rosindell described the plans as a “huge disappointment” and a “short term fix”.
Mr Rosindell has repeatedly said he is in favour of building an underpass while Havering GLA member Keith Prince supports plans for a second flyover.
Mr Prince told Mr Khan the cost of an underpass was estimated at £350million while a flyover would cost around £50m.
Leader of Havering Council Cllr Roger Ramsey said he was keen for plans to be drafted as soon as possible.
“We want to get the ball rolling and get the issue on the agenda.
“I think people have been suffering in silence for too long. This is one of the most dangerous places in London. Many of our residents just tend to avoid it.
“We need to work on what we can do in the short term and what we can do in the long term,” he added.
Mr Prince said the visit had been very encouraging and that Mr Khan “accepts that something needs to be done”.
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