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'Every single day there are accidents': Apex Corner misses out on funding
Post Office owner Nathan Selva thinks flyovers should be installed to relieve traffic on Apex Corner.
A “dangerous” roundabout where crashes happen on a daily basis has missed out on funding to improve some of London’s most hazardous roads.
Plans to transform 33 of London's “nastiest” road junctions were announced last week by the Mayor of London, with £200million to be spent at 17 locations including Mill Hill Circus and Brent Cross, Cricklewood.
But drivers and shopkeepers have criticised the decision, claiming money should have been allocated to Apex Corner.
Nathan Selva, who has owned Apex Corner Post Office for six years, told the Times Series: “Every single day there are accidents here.
“There’s too much traffic, particularly in the morning after 6.30am and up until 7.30am to 8am.”
Mr Selva believes money should be spent on building a flyover to relieve traffic on the roundabout, whereas others have called for traffic lights to be installed where vehicles enter Apex Corner from Selvage Lane.
Royal Mail worker Khaled Yahiaoui, who uses Apex Corner three times a day, said: “Traffic builds up from Selvage Lane and it’s very dangerous because there are no traffic lights when they join the roundabout.
“The funding should have been used for that reason. There are always accidents – something needs to be done.”
Stuart Lewis, a sales manager at Eurosuits, agrees: “As soon as there’s a break in the traffic everyone shoots out from Selvage Lane and blocks the roundabout.
"The only way to alleviate the problem is to build flyovers.”
Under the £4billion scheme, Transport for London has said money will be spent to “reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability” at Mill Hill Circus.
New road layouts will be installed at Brent Cross and Cricklewood to improve access to retail, dining and leisure facilities in the area.
Nigel Hardy, TfL’s Head of Capital Development, said: “We keep our entire road network under review - all locations are subject to a comprehensive maintenance regime and improvements are made where necessary, as was the case with Apex Corner in 2012.
"There are currently no plans for major changes at this roundabout, but all junctions are revisited periodically to ensure that funding is being prioritised to those places with the greatest need.”
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