Safety fears over lights at dan­ger­ous cross­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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