‘Must we wait for more ac­ci­dents to hap­pen?’

Wor­ried res­i­dents call for traf­fic calm­ing in ‘danger­ous’ road

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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