'Crazy' Dagenham yellow box junction earned council £152k last year
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:45 07 October 2016
A yellow box junction that earned the council £152,439.33 in 12 months has been slammed as a chaotic money-spinner.
The council issued 2,311 fines to drivers caught in the junction of Dagenham Heathway and Hedgemans Road in 2015, leaving drivers claiming they’re forced to choose between running red lights or being caught in it.
Primary school chef Coral Knockton was fined £65 for stopping in the box in March, although she claims that she was moving at the time.
“I know my Highway Code and I wouldn’t have gone into the box junction if I thought I was going to get stuck,” the 43-year-old said. “If that’s not a cash cow I don’t know what is – I’ve been treated totally unfairly.”
Coral, who lives in Choats Road, Dagenham, put in the Freedom of Information request which exposed the council money-maker after she became concerned with images sent to back up the fine. Spotting the camera’s clock shown in pictures of her car crossing the junction, she realised that they weren’t in a chronological order and believes that this was a deliberate attempt to confuse her.
“I thought hang on a minute, that’s not right,” she admitted.
Estate agent Helen Lines, 42, agrees and says her Heathway home is ruined by traffic chaos, adding she was fined twice in one week for being stuck in the junction last year.
“I actually hate this place – I think it’s crazy,” she said. “It used to take me five minutes to get from my house to Asda in Merrielands Crescent but since they introduced the junction it takes 40.
“The council should come over here and try to cross the junction themselves – it’s shocking. Everyone moans about it all the time.”
A council spokeswoman said Coral was fined for entering the box junction when the exit lane was not clear, despite the Highway Code stating that drivers shouldn’t enter a box unless they can cross over without stopping.
“The council does not place restrictions in order to raise revenue,” she said, adding that fines revenue is used for road repairs.