Council says more action needed to address safety and congestion in Gallows Corner

Published: Monday, 19 December 2016

Last week, Transport for London (TfL) published their report on the road safety improvements at Gallows Corner.

The report includes changes to the layout of the roundabout to remove sharp turns, and widen traffic lanes, and a reduced speed limit through the junction.

It indicated that the main underlying factor behind many of the collisions at the busy roundabout is the approach and entry speed.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council said:

“I am pleased that there are some safety improvements being made at the junction but more action is needed to address safety and congestion. The changes outlined in the report are disappointing.

"The junction is heavily used by residents and visitors, who will benefit from the redevelopment of the area, and leaving Gallows Corner as it is, will reduce our ability to do so.  

“We need a better investment in infrastructure which will not only benefit Havering and neighbouring boroughs, but also be beneficial to the Mayor of London, as the importance of infrastructure was highlighted in his recent City for all Londoners strategy.

"We are in discussion with TfL regarding our wider regeneration ambitions for the borough. We have emphasised that investment in the basic structure of the borough is needed to enable growth within Havering and unfortunately this is not highlighted in this report.

"The safety of our residents is paramount and due to the poor standard of the report we will continue to lobby TfL regarding Gallows Corner and better redevelopment of the area.”

Gallows Corner roundabout which was visited by the Mayor of London earlier this year, links the A12 Eastern Avenue and Colchester road with the A127 Southend Arterial road and A118 Main Road and Straight Road. 

The consultation which took place earlier this year received 340 responses and TfL aims to start work during spring 2018.