'Accident is going to happen' after pedestrian crossing removed at Mill Hill Circus

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Traffic signals have been temporarily removed from a busy roundabout, sparking frustration among pedestrians who say an accident is going to happen.

Transport for London (TfL) has removed the traffic lights at Mill Hill Circus as part of upgrade works not due to be completed until the first week of February.

The pedestrian crossing has also been blocked off by plastic barriers – but this is not deterring those who are eager to cross the road quickly rather than walk to another set of lights on the other side of the roundabout.

As a result, dozens of people - including schoolchildren - are jumping over the barriers and dodging fast-moving vehicles in an attempt to cross the carriageway.

Father-of three Steven Novach of Uphill Road, said: “There should be traffic lights on both sides of the roundabout. People are risking their lives trying to cross this busy road.

“The school kids aren’t going to walk all the way to the other lights – they’re going to cross here where they always have done.

“An accident is going to happen.”

The roundabout links the A1 Watford Way with The Broadway and Lawrence Street, and is used by pupils from a number of schools in the area, including Mill Hill County High School and St Martin’s School.

Darren Rockman of Uphill Road, said: “Shutting off this crossing is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. One of these kids is going to get hurt.”

Schoolgirl Annie Radcliffe, 16, said: “All our friends are just running across where the lights used to be. It’s really dangerous.

“I feel like I could be run over. Cars drive so fast on this road and it’s quite scary.”

Iain Blackmore, head of traffic infrastructure for TfL, said: “This upgrade will help improve traffic flow throughout the area and also make the pedestrian crossing fully accessible to all, including people with visual impairment.

“The work will be completed by the first week of February and we are working hard to make sure that these works are delivered with minimum disruption to all road users.”

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9:58am Tue 15 Jan 13

MikeMo says...

I am glad you have covered this issue. It is inevitable that an accident will happen here harming pedestrians (on the north side of the roundabout) or car drivers (especially those emerging from the south side). I have emailed TfL to ask what is going on and why there is no north-side pedestrian crossing, to which I got a bland response. The issue I have is we have no idea what the solution is and have no faith in TfL to get the end-game right if they are clearly botching this month long process with potentially disastrous and fatal consequences. At least illustrate to pedestrians and drivers what it is they are doing and create temporary traffic flows that are measured and safe rather than the current free-for-all and no regard for pedestrians.
I am glad you have covered this issue. It is inevitable that an accident will happen here harming pedestrians (on the north side of the roundabout) or car drivers (especially those emerging from the south side). I have emailed TfL to ask what is going on and why there is no north-side pedestrian crossing, to which I got a bland response. The issue I have is we have no idea what the solution is and have no faith in TfL to get the end-game right if they are clearly botching this month long process with potentially disastrous and fatal consequences. At least illustrate to pedestrians and drivers what it is they are doing and create temporary traffic flows that are measured and safe rather than the current free-for-all and no regard for pedestrians. MikeMo

5:54pm Tue 15 Jan 13

educated says...

Driving onto the roundabout is awful. No traffic lights, one has to 'jump in' quickly if there is a slight pause in the traffic flow.
Driving onto the roundabout is awful. No traffic lights, one has to 'jump in' quickly if there is a slight pause in the traffic flow. educated

9:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

winners2015 says...

Do officers ever do a risk assessment before coming up with these plans? Are Tfl aware of schools around the area and how many young students use these crossings?
Do officers ever do a risk assessment before coming up with these plans? Are Tfl aware of schools around the area and how many young students use these crossings? winners2015

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