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Residents want action over 'death trap' road
7:30am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
RESIDENTS have called one of Corringham’s busiest roads a death trap.
They have condemned the lack of speed enforcement measures in Southend Road since a flashing sign was put up telling drivers when they are exceeding the 30mph speed limit and telling them to slow down.
One resident says he has seen vehicles travelling at almost 70mph.
Norman Toombs, 70, of Golding Crescent, said: “It is all very well putting up signs saying you are going too fast, but no one pays a blind bit of notice.
“We have to use the bus shelter opposite to safely pull out – by using the reflection in the glass to see what’s coming. A speed camera is a must for the residents of this road, or at the very least a mirror opposite where we pull out.
“I have lived here 12 years and have seen a fair few accidents at this turning. Maybe someone will have to be seriously injured or be killed for something to happen. All the people living in Golding Crescent think the same.”
It is understood there will be new zebra crossings in Southend Road in the near future. Councillors are hoping to see them in place by the end of September.
James Halden, a Homesteads ward councillor, said: “Speed bumps on Southend Road are a total non-starter. It would only push traffic down the avenues.
“Following lobbying from Conservative councillors, we will soon have four new crossings on Southend Road to make it safer for school children and the infirm, without punishing residents who drive by covering their road in bumps. Making Southend Road safe and flowing well is vital.”
Councillor Phil Anderson, the Conservative leader, said: “In 2011, I conducted a major survey of residents’ views on speeding and safety in Southend Road.
"A clear majority of those who replied favoured a package of road markings, flashing warnings and a new zebra crossing.”
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