I recently posted about the "Killer Crossing" by the Pond at the junction of Lower Clapton Road and Downs Road. This followed a reader inquiring if it was ever to be improved. I knew there'd been talk of this for some time but no action. Cllr Rathbone brought me up to date. Deep breath...
Ian explained that he, Cllr Kelly and the Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group have been trying for two years to get Transport for London to make improvements. To cut a tortured story short, they finally got the bureaucrats' attention last April and duly issued a press release (reproduced below). Not much happened until Ian got our GLA member Jennette Arnold involved and a scheme was drawn up involving better crossing points and preventing traffic turning right out of Downs Road onto Lower Clapton. And then, as Ian puts it:
"They dropped the bombshell that nothing could be done until April 2009 financial year. I pressed them about taking some remedial action now. They said they would resurface the road and tidy up the kerbing and pavement in this financial year ie before next April. I have to ask – will they keep their promise this time?"
Well, work has been going on. The kerbing has been tidied up. But what good has it done? My previous post on this subject contained an approximation of a conversation between my wife Sheila and a workman improving a nearby pavement. They have since conversed some more.
Sheila: "How's it going then?"
Workman: "Total waste of time. We sorted out the kerb, but a bus has been over it already. Squashed it all out of place again."
Sheila: "Well, at least it's keeping you busy. It's sort of Keynesian."
Workman: "We've got another word for it."
Watch this space!
Press statement on the Downs Road/Lower Clapton Road junction.
Councillors in Leabridge and Hackney Downs wards are celebrating the success of a community campaign for bringing safety to a dangerous road junction at Downs Road/Lower Clapton Road. Cllr Ian Rathbone, Leabridge Ward councillor and CPNAG Chair leading the campaign, said:
"It is a victory for a concerted and dogged campaign by councillors, residents including the Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action group (CPNAG), and local Police over the last four years to get TfL to take their responsibilities seriously on improving this dangerous and un-pedestrian friendly junction, which belongs to them.
"We have been given brush off after brush off, and promises made have not been kept. They had a good chance to carry out works in the last year whilst building the nearby bus stand at Leabridge Roundabout but ducked it, having previously promised to carry out works.
"Cllr Kelly and I met with senior TfL officers recently and once again underlined the case for urgency. This is dangerous main road into London from Essex. Only last year a young woman was mown down and killed by a hit and run driver near the junction.
"At long last we have heard that there is going to be a public consultation on the design of the Downs Road/Lower Clapton Road junction.
"The junction has been identified for investigation and has been included in the 2007/08 Road Safety Programme as one of the worst junctions and sections of road in London with relation to personal injury collisions. I want everyone locally to respond to the consultation and let TfL be made fully aware we want to feel safe in using this crossing, particularly people with buggies, wheelchairs and the elderly.
"We have pressed them to take measures to improve the crossing facility across Downs Road and across the southern arm of Lower Clapton Road. We will continue to press for a speed up in the timing of this consultation. The sooner the better they get on with this work - before a serious accident or even fatality happens again."