Borehamwood residents urged to have their say about Stirling Corner traffic lights

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Campaigners have urged members of the public to join the fight to keep permanent traffic signals on at a “death trap junction”.

Transport for London is currently trialling traffic signals at Stirling Corner in Borehamwood after a ten-year campaign to have them turned on 24 hours a day to improve safety for pedestrians and cars.

The trial is due to end in May and campaigner Sue Alford urged people at last night’s meeting of the Elstree and Borehamwood Residents’ Association to tell the transport body what they thought of the trial.

She said to members of the public gathered at the Ark Theatre in Thrift Farm Lane: “At the moment we have no idea what will happen at the end of the trial.

“We want as many people as possible to submit positive responses so Transport for London listen to us, otherwise they might decide to turn the lights off.”

She said she had heard from TfL that it had received 18 responses, ten per cent of which were positive, 20 per cent negative and the rest mentioning long queues at the lights but making no other comment.

However Greater London Assembly Member for Barnet Andrew Dismore had told her he had received more responses than this, which he had forwarded to TfL.

Ms Alford added: “This suggests TfL haven’t told us the complete truth.

“I would urge everyone to contact TfL saying how much they like the permanent traffic lights in the first paragraph of the letter or email.

"Please could people copy me or the other campaigners in so we know what evidence is being submitted.”

Hertsmere Borough Council leader Councillor Morris Bright, who was also at the meeting, seconded Ms Alford’s words.

He added: “I use the roundabout now because it is much safer. However I have heard people on the Barnet side are not happy with the permanent traffic signals and want them made temporary again.

“For that reason we need as many people from this side as possible to write in asking them to stay.”

Comments on the traffic lights should be sent to londonstreets@tfl.gov.uk and forwarded to contactsuzanne@gmail.com, cllr.clive@gmail.com and andrew.dismore@london.gov.uk

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