'Every single day there are accidents': Apex Corner misses out on funding

Times Series: Post Office owner Nathan Selva thinks flyovers should be installed to relieve traffic on Apex Corner. 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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1:35pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jon10 says...

I'm appalled at the idea of flyovers at Apex Corner.

We need new rail capacity in outer north London, not more space for cars.
I'm appalled at the idea of flyovers at Apex Corner. We need new rail capacity in outer north London, not more space for cars. Jon10
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12:33pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Clivicus says...

First things first, they need to repaint the lines. They are almost impossible to see when dark or in rain - leading to cars veering into other lanes.
First things first, they need to repaint the lines. They are almost impossible to see when dark or in rain - leading to cars veering into other lanes. Clivicus
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9:32pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

'Every single day there are accidents'. Can you provide any evidence to back up this headlined claim?
'Every single day there are accidents'. Can you provide any evidence to back up this headlined claim? Edgar de Jarnac
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9:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

"The only way to alleviate the problem is to build flyovers.” Oh yes?

Since Apex Corner is at the apex of a small rise, surely an underpass would be more practical than a flyover? On the other hand, a flyover could benefit the traffic that regularly gets clogged up at Mill Hill Circus.

But I do not personally want to see any ugly underpasses or foul flyovers in Mill Hill. I'm happy to look out of my window every day and see the A1/A41 traffic creeping along at a safe walking pace.
"The only way to alleviate the problem is to build flyovers.” Oh yes? Since Apex Corner is at the apex of a small rise, surely an underpass would be more practical than a flyover? On the other hand, a flyover could benefit the traffic that regularly gets clogged up at Mill Hill Circus. But I do not personally want to see any ugly underpasses or foul flyovers in Mill Hill. I'm happy to look out of my window every day and see the A1/A41 traffic creeping along at a safe walking pace. Edgar de Jarnac
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10:04pm Fri 7 Mar 14

james smyth says...

Jon10 wrote:
I'm appalled at the idea of flyovers at Apex Corner.

We need new rail capacity in outer north London, not more space for cars.
Won't having rail capacity at Apex corner add to the problems?
Where will the put a station and parking for all the cars ?
You sound bit of an idiot!
[quote][p][bold]Jon10[/bold] wrote: I'm appalled at the idea of flyovers at Apex Corner. We need new rail capacity in outer north London, not more space for cars.[/p][/quote]Won't having rail capacity at Apex corner add to the problems? Where will the put a station and parking for all the cars ? You sound bit of an idiot! james smyth
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2:13am Sat 8 Mar 14

DopeyDope says...

There is already a pedestrian subway going underneath the roundabout itself, no it's not beyond the realms of possibility to have an underpass. Would it be worthwhile financially? That's another matter. And ultimately, I suspect the ideas downfall.
There is already a pedestrian subway going underneath the roundabout itself, no it's not beyond the realms of possibility to have an underpass. Would it be worthwhile financially? That's another matter. And ultimately, I suspect the ideas downfall. DopeyDope
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7:44pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Jon10 says...

james smyth wrote:
Jon10 wrote:
I'm appalled at the idea of flyovers at Apex Corner.

We need new rail capacity in outer north London, not more space for cars.
Won't having rail capacity at Apex corner add to the problems?
Where will the put a station and parking for all the cars ?
You sound bit of an idiot!
No actually, er, let's take this slowly.

People travel from A to B. Apex Corner is somewhere on the route A to B. So if there is, say, a 10-minute all-day service on Thameslink (frequent enough for 'turn-up-and-go', without needing a timetable) and there are orbital routes around outer north London, connecting to the Jubilee Line, both branches of the Northern Line and the Piccadilly Line, plus the Watford DC line and the two Alexandra Palace lines, then there is a high-quality grid of reliable public transport, and some people will leave their cars at home.

Mayor Boris Johnson is expecting an extra 100,000 Londoners in each of the next 15 years or so, and so the investment in all that is feasible. Even Barnet Council has voted to promote orbital rail lines.

You do not need a station at every pinch point where there is congestion, just reduce the traffic levels. And build no significant new cars parks at any London station.
[quote][p][bold]james smyth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jon10[/bold] wrote: I'm appalled at the idea of flyovers at Apex Corner. We need new rail capacity in outer north London, not more space for cars.[/p][/quote]Won't having rail capacity at Apex corner add to the problems? Where will the put a station and parking for all the cars ? You sound bit of an idiot![/p][/quote]No actually, er, let's take this slowly. People travel from A to B. Apex Corner is somewhere on the route A to B. So if there is, say, a 10-minute all-day service on Thameslink (frequent enough for 'turn-up-and-go', without needing a timetable) and there are orbital routes around outer north London, connecting to the Jubilee Line, both branches of the Northern Line and the Piccadilly Line, plus the Watford DC line and the two Alexandra Palace lines, then there is a high-quality grid of reliable public transport, and some people will leave their cars at home. Mayor Boris Johnson is expecting an extra 100,000 Londoners in each of the next 15 years or so, and so the investment in all that is feasible. Even Barnet Council has voted to promote orbital rail lines. You do not need a station at every pinch point where there is congestion, just reduce the traffic levels. And build no significant new cars parks at any London station. Jon10
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9:52am Mon 10 Mar 14

F..kedupBarnet says...

Get the flyovers built, get the traffic moving safely and at the same time teach these Mill Hill Residents that they are not too god to move with the times, the authorities own the roads not the so called well to do residents.
Get the flyovers built, get the traffic moving safely and at the same time teach these Mill Hill Residents that they are not too god to move with the times, the authorities own the roads not the so called well to do residents. F..kedupBarnet
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10:56pm Tue 11 Mar 14

james smyth says...

Maybe if the M1 was connected to the A1 properly at the Pentavia retail park then a lot of traffic would not have to travel through mill hill .
Its all piecemeal at the moment .
Maybe if the M1 was connected to the A1 properly at the Pentavia retail park then a lot of traffic would not have to travel through mill hill . Its all piecemeal at the moment . james smyth
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5:53pm Wed 12 Mar 14

captaintee says...

If people obeyed the road markings accidents would be down by a quarter. Everyday cars drive in the wrong lane then crossover and cause problems; also the markings are wrong, from the north on the A41 the first 2 lanes are going left onto the A1 then 1 lane to Totteridge and south and the 4th lane only south onto the A1. The first lane should be left only the 2nd left and Totteridge the 3rd and 4th A1 south only.
If people obeyed the road markings accidents would be down by a quarter. Everyday cars drive in the wrong lane then crossover and cause problems; also the markings are wrong, from the north on the A41 the first 2 lanes are going left onto the A1 then 1 lane to Totteridge and south and the 4th lane only south onto the A1. The first lane should be left only the 2nd left and Totteridge the 3rd and 4th A1 south only. captaintee
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