We need safer streets now

A serious crash at the junction of Hermon Hill and the High Street in late June was only the latest such incident over recent years.  

Meanwhile residents on Hollybush Hill have told us that speeding is a real problem while residents of Nightingale Lane have to live with rat running, speeding, and driving on the pavement.

Council unresponsive

Residents we have spoken to say they have tried to engage with the Council to seek remedies over periods of years, to no avail. Lib Dem campaigner Crispin Acton says “In Wellington Road, where I live, traffic calming speed humps came in 2015 and have really reduced rat-running and speeding cars. It took a three year campaign by residents before Redbridge took action. Surely, it should not take so long?”

What could be done?

There are plenty of options for making streets safer. The key is to consult properly with residents to find the right one.

  • Residents on Hollybush Hill say changes in traffic light sequences made problems much worse and these could be reversed.
  • Traffic calming of different kinds can be effective.
  • Enforcement of speed limits matters and seems largely absent from our streets.
  • Redbridge has a policy to bring in 20mph speed limits for all residential streets, yet progress is hard to see.

What can you do?

  • Sign a petition set up by residents of Hermon Hill calling on the council to take action to reduce speeding. Just go to Change.org and search for Hermon Hill. 
  • Sign our petition calling on the council to get on with the introduction of 20 mph speed limits on residential roads in the borough.
  • Contact us at [email protected] and tell us what you think the council should be doing to make our streets safer.

Lib Dem campaigner Scott Wilding says, “It's no wonder the Healthy Streets Coalition gave Redbridge such a terrible report in this year's Healthy Streets Scorecard.  We will be pressing Redbridge Council for early action to secure the changes that local residents need. We have already written to the police and the director of Highways about this.”

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