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TfL’s plan to improve safety at Gallows Corner set to go ahead in spring 2018

PUBLISHED: 11:44 16 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 16 December 2016

The A12 at the Gallows Corner junction with the A127. Picture: Google Maps.

The A12 at the Gallows Corner junction with the A127. Picture: Google Maps.

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Long-awaited safety improvements at an accident blackspot are set to go ahead in spring 2018.

Transport for London's plans to improve safety at Gallows Corner.Transport for London's plans to improve safety at Gallows Corner.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced its plan to rectify the junction’s poor safety record with a series of changes after collating results from a consultation.

The consultation which ran from January to March, received 340 responses, 333 of them from the public and seven responses from stakeholders.

TfL’s 36-month analysis concluded the primary cause of accidents at the junction are excessive speed on approach and entry, drivers failing to give way and difficulty changing lanes.

The major part of its plan proposes measures to slow traffic as it approaches the junction and help it flow more safely.

The improvements include making the central island bigger, improving road markings and extending the 30mph approach on both sides of the A12 and the A127.

TfL state the proposals are designed to “reduce collisions and improve safety”.

A TfL spokesman said: “Having considered the responses received, we have decided to proceed with these improvements.

“The proposals were designed to reduce collisions and improve safety, based on analysis of the junction’s collision history.

“We remain of the view that the proposed scheme will achieve this goal.”

The plans which were revealed earlier this year have been criticised as a “short term fix” by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell.

He believes the only way to improve traffic flow at the junction would be to replace the flyover with an underpass.

Disruption to drivers while the work goes ahead is not yet known.

Proposals

- Changes to the layout of the roundabout to extend the central island and reduce entry speeds. This would remove sharp turns and widen lanes for vehicles when turning and travelling through the junction

- Improvements to the positioning, curvature and size of traffic islands, give way signs and other street furniture to improve visibility for vehicles passing through the junction

- New white lines and guidance markings across the junction to better direct traffic

- Traffic lane widening on the A127 Southend Arterial Road from 2.6 metres to 3 metres

- Footway widening at the north east section of the roundabout between A118 Straight Road and A12 Colchester Road to better accommodate pedestrian and cyclist shared use facilities

- Footway conversion to a pedestrian and cyclist shared use facility at the eastern section of the roundabout between A12 Colchester Road and A127 Southend Arterial Road

- Road construction and resurfacing where required

Consultation results

- 45pc of the public supported our proposal to change the road layout of the roundabout and traffic islands at Gallows Corner. 39pc did not support the proposal. 16pc were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion

- 54pc of the public supported our proposal for new white lines and guidance markings across the junction. 30pc did not support the proposal. 16pc were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion

- 50pc of the public supported our proposal for widened traffic lanes on the A127 Southend Arterial Road. 30pc did not support the proposal. 20pc were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion

- 37pc of the public supported our proposal for footway widening between A118 Straight Road and A12 Colchester Road. 38pc did not support the proposal. 25pc were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion

- 51pc of the public supported our proposal for an extension of the 30mph limit on the approach to the junction from the A12 Eastern Avenue, A12 Colchester Road and A127 Southend Arterial Road. 33pc did not support the proposal. 1pc were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion

- 59pc of the public supported our proposal for new speed limit signs and vehicle activated flashing signs located on the A12 Eastern Avenue, A12 Colchester Road and A127 Southend Arterial Road. 28pc did not support the proposal. 14% were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion

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