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Video: Hazards of 'danger-zone' Stirling Corner junction
Furious campaigners have produced a film showing how Stirling Corner is a “day to day nightmare”.
Motorists, pedestrians and councillors worked together to make the footage and persuade Transport for London (TfL) to install round-the-clock signals in the area.
Sue Alford, of Hunter Close, Borehamwood, directed the three-minute piece to try and raise awareness about the “danger zone.”
It shows how people struggle to cross the road to get to the Morrison's superstore, because traffic approaches from the A1 at up to 70mph.
Miss Hunter said: “It is not a piddly little roundabout. It is a huge junction and someone could get killed there if we don’t do something soon.
“I am fed up with waiting around for something to happen. The film shows just how chaotic the area really is.
“Most people said they didn’t realise how bad the area was until watching the film – it really is a terrible situation.”
The speed limit approaching the roundabout is 70mph and traffic lights operate only from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, which many feel is not adequate.
The film, which is narrated by 46-year-old Miss Hunter, also shows how people are too afraid to use the crossings on the roundabout and take the bus instead.
She added: “When the lights are switched off, motorists are often confused, stopping when they do have priority or expecting others to give way.
“It is not a recipe for smooth traffic flow. It is a day-to-day day nightmare with no end in sight.”
Nine years ago, TfL promised to reduce the speed limit in the area from 70mph to 50mph and to install 24 hour traffic signals – but these are yet to be put in place.
Last year, a Metropolitan Police report by PC Andy Wrigley described crossing the A1 on foot as “inadvisable and clearly dangerous.”
Councillor Clive Butchins, deputy Mayor of Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council, also helped narrate the video, produced by film-maker Paul Welton.
He said: “I think Sue has done a great job producing the piece.
“It is an unfriendly junction for cyclists and pedestrians – but personally, I am not sure what the satisfactory and affordable solution to this conundrum is.”
Tony DeSwarte, of Nash Close, Elstree, said: “What people don’t realise is how stressful driving through the roundabout is.
"I am an experienced driver of 50 years, and I dread to think how new drivers feel about going through the area.
“Many people are too afraid and avoid the roundabout altogether – I can guarantee the accident statistics would be far worse if people didn’t.”