Dagenham corner

I write to shed some light on the issue raised in last week s Post (letters, 21 October) regarding the length of time taken to replace the traffic lights at Chequers Lane junction. I followed this matter up with the local Council, who informed me that th

I write to shed some light on the issue raised in last week's Post (letters, 21 October) regarding the length of time taken to replace the traffic lights at Chequers Lane junction.

I followed this matter up with the local Council, who informed me that their share of the work (the installation of the lights) was completed on 16 September, ready for Transport for London to deliver their part of the process (commissioning the lights). I am told that 'a number of technical problems' meant that this second part of the process was greatly delayed.

TfL finally completed the commissioning on 25 October and removed the temporary lights on 26 October.

However, a section of footway located on the southeast of the junction remains incomplete - as the Council were unable to get access to this area until TfL had finished commissioning the lights. I am assured that this outstanding work will be addressed later this week.


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While it is a relief to have reassurance that the weeks of disruption are almost at a close, it is not good enough that pedestrians and motorists using this junction have had to suffer months of inconvenience because of poor planning on TfL's part.

This is not the first time that TfL have let us down by delaying their section of the works. I have raised this matter with the Mayor before. This latest example at Chequers Corner shows that they have not quite got the message. I will raise it again. There is a risk that we might think we are being deliberately given a second class service.

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John Biggs

London Assembly Member for City and East London

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