Safety at Stirling Corner discussed at meeting of Elstree and Borehamwood Residents' Association

Borehamwood Times: Sue Alford addresses the meeting Sue Alford addresses the meeting

The problem of improving pedestrian safety at a “death trap” junction was among issues raised by residents at a public meeting. 

Hertfordshire County Council is currently hosting a consultation on reducing speed limits from 70mph to 50mph at the Stirling Corner roundabout between Rowley Lane and Courtland Avenue in Borehamwood.

Speaking at last night’s meeting of the Elstree and Borehamwood Residents’ Association Sue Alford urged people to respond to it.

She said: “I don’t think anybody does not think this reduction in the speed limit is a good idea.”

One member of the public asked what was being done to improve pedestrian safety, saying: “We need a 100 per cent safe crossing for pedestrians. At the moment people, even the elderly have to run across the road. It is disgraceful.”

John Cartledge said: “I am sure the number of people who take the 107 for one stop because they are afraid to cross the road is not insignificant. I have seen a few hardy souls crossing Stirling Corner by foot and dicing with death.

Resident Chris Anderson, who previously worked as a transport planner for councils and the Ministry of Transport, said 20,000 cars used the roundabout every day.

He said: “The number of people using cars is only going to increase. I advise people to look to the future and campaign for an underpass as the only viable solution to this problem.”

However Mr Cartledge said people were reluctant to use underpasses as they did not feel “safe”.

He said: “I have seen people clamber over barriers rather than use an underpass, they are deeply unpopular.”

Mr Cartledge suggested a footbridge should instead be built, but said there might not be enough space at the roundabout.

He said: “Not many people cross Stirling Corner because it is too dangerous, but I’m sure if a footbridge is built it would inspire the demand for people to use it. However it would need a large footprint as a disabled ramp with a gentle incline would need to be built.

“A solution to this problem will be tricky.”

Mayor of Borehamwood Cllr Clive Butchins said finding the £1million needed to fund a footbridge would be very difficult.

Ms Alford is urging people to write to Transport for London, which is in charge of Stirling Corner, saying how “delighted” they are with the 24/7 traffic signals.

She asked those present to add their comments about pedestrian crossings to any correspondence.

Comments should be sent to LondonStreets@tfl.gov.uk and the consultation on lowering speed limits can be found at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/streets/a1-barnet-bypass

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3:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

clive4it says...

I guess the ideal long-term solution would be either a tunnel or overpass for North-South traffic but the issue of funding this may be insurmountable, given other priorities that TfL no doubt have. Nevertheless let's keep campaigning - one step at a time: keep the lights on 24/7 and reduce the speed limit. Every little helps!
I guess the ideal long-term solution would be either a tunnel or overpass for North-South traffic but the issue of funding this may be insurmountable, given other priorities that TfL no doubt have. Nevertheless let's keep campaigning - one step at a time: keep the lights on 24/7 and reduce the speed limit. Every little helps! clive4it
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5:54pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Suzy-Sue says...

In order that as Campaigners we can keep a record of responses given toTfL by the public regarding the 24/7 traffic lights, ideally we would like as many people to copy us in on emails or drop off copies of letters or notes of phonecalls to my address. So that we can challenge TfL if they say they have received fewer responses than we have collected.

So here are some amended contact details:

• Email TfL at ‘londonstreets@tfl
.gov.uk’ to give them your views on the 24/7 traffic lights and copy us in: contactsuzanne@gmail
.com , cllr.clive@gmail.com and andrew.dismore@londo
n.gov.uk.
• Or write to: TfL Customer Services, Re: ‘London Streets/highways’ , 4th Floor, 14 Pier Walk, London, SE10 0ES (please keep a copy of this letter and give it to me)
• Or phone TfL’s customer centre on 0343 222 1234 (Weekdays till 8pm: opt 3, Opt 1 ask for Moji if she’s there) – make a note of the date, time & who you spoke to & the bullet points of your conversation & give this note to me.

Please copy any letters or notes from your telephone call to TfL and give them to me at the address below – so that we have a record of all responses and can challenge TfL if they say they haven’t had many responses:

Sue Alford, Campaigner for a Safer Stirling Corner - 1 Hunter Close, Borehamwood, WD6 2SW
In order that as Campaigners we can keep a record of responses given toTfL by the public regarding the 24/7 traffic lights, ideally we would like as many people to copy us in on emails or drop off copies of letters or notes of phonecalls to my address. So that we can challenge TfL if they say they have received fewer responses than we have collected. So here are some amended contact details: • Email TfL at ‘londonstreets@tfl .gov.uk’ to give them your views on the 24/7 traffic lights and copy us in: contactsuzanne@gmail .com , cllr.clive@gmail.com and andrew.dismore@londo n.gov.uk. • Or write to: TfL Customer Services, Re: ‘London Streets/highways’ , 4th Floor, 14 Pier Walk, London, SE10 0ES (please keep a copy of this letter and give it to me) • Or phone TfL’s customer centre on 0343 222 1234 (Weekdays till 8pm: opt 3, Opt 1 ask for Moji if she’s there) – make a note of the date, time & who you spoke to & the bullet points of your conversation & give this note to me. Please copy any letters or notes from your telephone call to TfL and give them to me at the address below – so that we have a record of all responses and can challenge TfL if they say they haven’t had many responses: Sue Alford, Campaigner for a Safer Stirling Corner - 1 Hunter Close, Borehamwood, WD6 2SW Suzy-Sue
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1:30pm Sun 9 Mar 14

John_W says...

If you read the Hendon Times, you will see they have earmarked funds for "safety improvements" at Mill Hill Circus, but not at Apex Corner.
Seems TFL are being a bit flexible as to what makes a roundabout "unsafe".
If you read the Hendon Times, you will see they have earmarked funds for "safety improvements" at Mill Hill Circus, but not at Apex Corner. Seems TFL are being a bit flexible as to what makes a roundabout "unsafe". John_W
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