‘Must we wait for more accidents to happen?’
Worried residents call for traffic calming in ‘dangerous’ road
HUNDREDS of people have signed a second petition calling for trafficcalming measures to be introduced in a “dangerous” West Drayton road, after their first was dismissed.
The petition suggests creating speed tables – long, raised speed bumps with a flat middle section – and pedestrian crossings in Swan Road, but organisers say they are open to other ideas.
In 2005, two teenagers died in a drink-driving crash in the road, which connects Station Road with The Green. And in November last year, a bus crashed there in a head-on collision.
Petition organiser Vladimir Matveev, who owns the Swan Guest House, in Swan Road, said drivers often reached speeds of up to 50mph on the 30mph residential road.
He said: “After six o’clock, traffic is going 40 to 50 miles an hour. Not a single car is going less than 30 miles an hour at night.
“Our houses are situated right next to the road. My house is a Georgian house. I have vibrations in the windows every time a car goes past more than 50 miles an hour.”
He added: “Do we need to have more accidents for this to happen?”
The petition has so far gathered around 250 signatures, according to Mr Matveev, from residents, business owners, councillors and others.
One hundred of the signatures were collected by three children who live in The Green – Livinia Stanley, seven, Oscar Stanley, five, and Sriana Bains, eight.
Organisers plan to submit the petition to Hillingdon Council within the coming weeks, by which time they expect to have more than 300 signatures.
In a letter of support, newly re-elected Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell said: “I know just how busy with traffic this road is and the risks this poses to pedestrians, cyclists and other car users. I am especially worried about the risk to children from the nearby [St Catherine Catholic Primary] school.
“I fully support the proposals called for in the petition and urge the council to take swift action to prevent any further risk to the safety of local residents.”
Hillingdon Council rejected an initial petition calling for a 20mph speed limit in the road at a meeting in March.
At the meeting, it was noted that the council had commissioned four separate sets of independent traffic surveys in the road, undertaken between November 2008 and July 2014, none of which, the council has resolved, supported the case for traffic-calming measures.
It was also resolved at the meeting that further studies were not justified on the basis of the petitioners’ evidence.
Ward councillor Dominic Gilham, who is against the proposals, said: “Four traffic surveys have taken place, which show no evidence of speeding cars whatsoever, and therefore I cannot support the need for traffic-calming measures.”
He added: “In fact, if anything, with the development of West Drayton, traffic is slowing down, not speeding up.”
A council spokeswoman added: “We welcome all petitions and this one will be considered in the usual manner.”