Petition launched to improve safety of Chadwell junction

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A PETITION aimed at improving the safety at a junction, described as “an accident waiting to happen”, has been launched.

There are calls for the traffic light pattern to be changed at the Cross Keys cross-road junction in Chadwell St Mary.

Currently, traffic going in opposite directions are allowed to cross the junction at the same time, meaning that drivers are having to run the gauntlet when turning right or left.

The junction is particularly dangerous for traffic coming from the Orsett Cock direction down Brentwood Road and turning right onto River View.

Peter Saunders, the chairman of the Chadwell St Mary community forum, is behind calls for the junction, which forms part of several important routes through the borough, to be made safer.

He said: “If you’re coming down from the Orsett Cock roundabout and turning right, you can’t see what’s coming up the hill.

“People end up stranded there and having to take a chance.

“I’ve had one or two near misses there myself. It only takes one person to be a bit gung-ho coming up the hill. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

“One solution is to have a mini-roundabout there instead. The other way would be to put filters in so that traffic is filtered through.”

Highway inspectors looked at the junction two years ago and decided there was no problem with safety at the cross roads, but Mr Saunders said they came at a quiet time.

The enforcement camera trained down Chadwell Hill also makes the junction more dangerous, according to residents.

Motorists unable to see what’s coming up the hill before the light has changed from green to red have ended up stranded in the middle of the junction and been caught by the camera as they then make their turn.

Mr Saunders added: “It seems to us that there are people who won’t use the junction at all if they can avoid it. It’s too much of a hazard, particularly when traffic is quite heavy.”

Anyone who wishes to sign the petition should email info@chadwellcf.org.uk or call 07926361002.

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10:28am Wed 14 Nov 12

Kezza25 says...

When crossing from Tilbury, up onto Brentwood Road, I would always crawl up there, scared I would have a collision! My only ever ding-dong was there because a driver could not see me as he was trying to turn into Riverview.
When crossing from Tilbury, up onto Brentwood Road, I would always crawl up there, scared I would have a collision! My only ever ding-dong was there because a driver could not see me as he was trying to turn into Riverview. Kezza25
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11:36pm Wed 14 Nov 12

d_2da_ougle says...

my memory of this junction leads me to agree with this article from tilbury to brentwood bound or brentwood to tilbury the cross keys is a dangerous junction, easy tilbury to the collages is fine, all it needs is the pir on a ioty of the lights changing to a 3 way cycle, let all the east tilbury and collage traffic go at the same time as per usual, then only let the brentwood traffic go whilst holding the tilbury one back then let the tilbury lot go and hold the brentwood one back no need for a flipping roundabout
my memory of this junction leads me to agree with this article from tilbury to brentwood bound or brentwood to tilbury the cross keys is a dangerous junction, easy tilbury to the collages is fine, all it needs is the pir on a ioty of the lights changing to a 3 way cycle, let all the east tilbury and collage traffic go at the same time as per usual, then only let the brentwood traffic go whilst holding the tilbury one back then let the tilbury lot go and hold the brentwood one back no need for a flipping roundabout d_2da_ougle
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8:21am Thu 15 Nov 12

Thurrockbob says...

Kezza25 wrote:
When crossing from Tilbury, up onto Brentwood Road, I would always crawl up there, scared I would have a collision! My only ever ding-dong was there because a driver could not see me as he was trying to turn into Riverview.
'When crossing from Tilbury, up onto Brentwood Road, I would always crawl up there'.

I would never crawl up onto that junction, I would either walk or drive. Crawling would be very dangerous! ;o)
[quote][p][bold]Kezza25[/bold] wrote: When crossing from Tilbury, up onto Brentwood Road, I would always crawl up there, scared I would have a collision! My only ever ding-dong was there because a driver could not see me as he was trying to turn into Riverview.[/p][/quote]'When crossing from Tilbury, up onto Brentwood Road, I would always crawl up there'. I would never crawl up onto that junction, I would either walk or drive. Crawling would be very dangerous! ;o) Thurrockbob
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8:42pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Dave_ says...

This has been a dangerous junction for decades.
The best option is that traffic is held on each direction and the moving traffic is given access to turn whichever way.
This way there is no conflict and makes it a lot safer for traffic coming up the hill.
This has been a dangerous junction for decades. The best option is that traffic is held on each direction and the moving traffic is given access to turn whichever way. This way there is no conflict and makes it a lot safer for traffic coming up the hill. Dave_
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10:17pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Kezza25 says...

Haha TB, I wondered where I was going wrong!? ;)
Haha TB, I wondered where I was going wrong!? ;) Kezza25
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