Safety fears over lights at dangerous crossing
TRAFFIC lights that stopped working nearly four weeks ago at a busy crossing in Uxbridge have sparked fears over pedestrian safety.
A number of disgruntled residents raised their grievances with Transport for London (TfL) after the set of lights on Harlington Road by Goulds Green stopped working, but they have not been fully fixed in a month.
The crossing which is used by many people including dog walkers for access to Stockley Park has been deemed dangerous.
Mother-of-three Susan Buck of nearby Corwell Gardens, said the traffic lights were installed over two years ago after a number of accidents and at least one person was killed on the stretch of road.
She said: “Many residents have contacted TFL. I was told they are awaiting an outside company to fix the lights.
“There is now only one side of the road with a traffic light not working sign on, but on the other side no sign.
“These lights were put in place after many accidents and at least one death on this stretch of road.
“We are in despair especially now school holidays are here.”
TfL said an accident damaged the crossing’s electricity supply beyond repair and as a result the equipment was disconnected for safety reasons.
It will be speaking to the electricity supply company for a quicker response in the future but has said the lights should be back in operation over the weekend.
A note has also been placed by a resident of the faulty traffic lights stating a contact number and reference number.
It reads: “Broken Lights – Please contact TfL to report and complain about this crossing. The lights have been broken for three weeks now and yet TfL have done nothing about it.
“Please remember there were two children killed here and that is why the lights were placed here.”
At least two buses – the A10 and U4 – run regularly on the road, while Goulds Green is heavily used by lorries.
Adam Scriven, TfL’s Head of Traffic Infrastructure, said: “A road traffic collision on July 5 damaged the toucan pedestrian crossing’s electricity supply in Harlington Road beyond repair.
“An engineer from the electricity supply company which manages the equipment attended immediately to disconnect the feed and make the area safe.
“The electricity company is due to finish repairs to its equipment on July 30 and once complete, our teams will re-connect the signals and make them live once again.
“We apologise to pedestrians for any inconvenience this has caused and we will be speaking to the electricity company to ensure a quicker process in the future.”
Last month, a speeding prevention scheme was launched in a joint operation by police and
TfL in Hillingdon.