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Road safety to be stepped up at ‘dangerous’ Barking junction

PUBLISHED: 17:01 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 13 February 2018

Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge (white scarf, centre) speaks to petition organiser Tasawar Ahmed. Picture: Alex Shaw

Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge (white scarf, centre) speaks to petition organiser Tasawar Ahmed. Picture: Alex Shaw

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Motorists speeding through a busy road next to a school are putting pupils and pedestrians “at serious risk”, residents say.

Wilmington Gardens residents with their petition calling for increased road safety measures at the Rosslyn Road junction. Picture: Alex Shaw Wilmington Gardens residents with their petition calling for increased road safety measures at the Rosslyn Road junction. Picture: Alex Shaw

Dozens have signed a petition calling for increased road safety measures along the roads, which are just metres from Eastbury Community School.

“We’ve had a car that’s crashed into the gates at 60 miles an hour, which was absolutely appalling” said headteacher David Dickson.

“Something needs to be done to calm the traffic.”

It was “a continual job” warning pupils about cars using the roads to avoid traffic on the A124, he added.

David spoke to the Post at a public meeting on road safety convened by petition organisers and the MP for Barking, Dame Margaret Hodge.

Friday’s meeting saw Dame Margaret in talks with police and council representatives, who agreed to step up safety measures in the 20mph speed zone by May.

“Council officers agreed that two additional speed humps could be […] and that 20mph could be painted on the carriageway to remind drivers of the speed limit,” said a spokesman for Barking and Dagenham Council

Warning signs and rumble could also be installed, he added.

On the agreement, the Labour MP said: “It was great to see so many residents turn out to raise their concerns about the dangerous junction.

“I am pleased that measures to improve road safety have been agreed upon, and will continue to monitor this closely.”

For Tasawar Ahmed, who started the petition, the news could not come sooner.

The 41-year-old said four cars had crashed into her house at the corner of the crossing.

“Accidents are happening, cars are speeding,” she said.

“Luckily, whenever these accidents happen, the person [pedestrian] is not standing on the road or near the corner.”

Her neighbour on Wilmington Gardens, Razia Begum, 52, said the accidents forced some residents to stay indoors, affecting community spirit.

“One just happened this Sunday,” she said.

“Some of us like to be outside. We like to just, you know, talk and interact with neighbours.”

Another meeting is scheduled for July.

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