'This is very welcome news'- TfL announce speed reduction at 'death-trap' roundabout

Andrew Dismore with councillors and campaigners at Stirling Corner

Andrew Dismore with councillors and campaigners at Stirling Corner

First published in News Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Speed limits around a ‘death-trap’ roundabout will be cut later this year after a public consultation.

Earlier this year, TfL ran a consultation on whether to reduce the speed limit to 50mph on the approach to the Stirling Corner roundabout between Rowley Lane and Courtland Avenue.

Excessive speeds have been blamed for a number of serious accidents on the stretch of road, with shoppers claiming it makes it very difficult for them to get to the Morrisons store, in Stirling Way, because of the speeding traffic.

Following a consultation run from February to March, the transport company has now announced that the speed limit is to be reduced later this year.

Alan Bristow, director of road space management at TfL, said: “Following a public consultation earlier this year, we will be reducing the speed limit along the A1 Barnet Bypass between the junction of Rowley Lane and Courtland Avenue from 70mph to 50mph later this summer. This change is consistent with other speed limits in the area and will reduce speed-related collisions along this section of road.”

Greater London Authority member Andrew Dismore has been campaigning to make the road safer and said he was pleased with the announcement.

He said: “This is something I have campaigned for for a long time, so this is very welcome news. There are only a handful of junctions and roundabouts in the TfL area that are more than 50mph so it’s good that this has finally been brought into line with many others.

“We just need to make sure the traffic lights at Stirling Corner are made permanent, as this can only improve safety.”

The traffic lights were switched on full-time as part of a trial period in March last year, but residents were later asked to give TfL their views on the lights becoming a permanent fixture in a consultation last May.

Sue Alford, who has also campaigned for the speed reduction and permanent traffic lights at the roundabout, said: “There are many important ingredients for making Stirling Corner a safer place, and this is one of them. But this is the absolute bare minimum and there is much more to be done.

“We just want safer crossings, permanent traffic lights and a safe exit into Morrisons and Stirling Way. We are not asking for anything much, just the standards you see on most other roundabouts.”

The results of the consultation are not yet known.

Darren Johnson, Green Party member in the London Assembly, added his support to the speed limit reduction. He said: “The Metropolitan Police fully supports this move and its officers have highlighted narrow lane width, the loss-of-control risk posed by the central reservation curb and the lack of a hard shoulder in case of emergencies as key reasons for cutting the speed limit.

“Reducing the speed limit by just 1mph leads to four per cent fewer collisions as drivers have more time to identify what is happening around them and take action.

“I welcome this sensible measure and have written to TfL bosses to urge them to look into similar changes across London to make our roads safer for all.”

The new reduced speed limit will come into force later this summer, although an exact date is not yet known.

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5:43pm Thu 7 Aug 14

NoToMob Member says...

Good news indeed it's a shame it was not dropped to 40 mph, but this is a significant step in the right direction.
Good news indeed it's a shame it was not dropped to 40 mph, but this is a significant step in the right direction. NoToMob Member
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6:09pm Thu 7 Aug 14

NoToMob Member says...

Well done Andrew Dismore & all the campaigners for pushing this through to this successful conclusion.
Well done Andrew Dismore & all the campaigners for pushing this through to this successful conclusion. NoToMob Member
  • Score: 1

7:00am Fri 8 Aug 14

sensiblefellow says...

Matthew Offord, supposedly, the Tory MP for part of the affected area was, as usual, nowhere to be seen on this important issue. Well done Dismore for stepping in to sort out the important issue, since I suspect that the MP himself is probably "too busy" to deal with issues which actually matter.
Matthew Offord, supposedly, the Tory MP for part of the affected area was, as usual, nowhere to be seen on this important issue. Well done Dismore for stepping in to sort out the important issue, since I suspect that the MP himself is probably "too busy" to deal with issues which actually matter. sensiblefellow
  • Score: 5

10:41am Fri 8 Aug 14

triedandtrusted says...

A big thank you to Andrew Dismore and to Suzanne Alford and others who wanted something done about Stirling corner. I think the speed limit should be reduced to 30 MPH as this would decrease the accident ratio on the roundabout
A big thank you to Andrew Dismore and to Suzanne Alford and others who wanted something done about Stirling corner. I think the speed limit should be reduced to 30 MPH as this would decrease the accident ratio on the roundabout triedandtrusted
  • Score: -2

10:46am Fri 8 Aug 14

triedandtrusted says...

I am sorry I forget to give credit to The Elstree and Borehamwood cllrs and the Hertsmere cllrs wo to a man and woman supported this campaign regardless of party lines.
I am sorry I forget to give credit to The Elstree and Borehamwood cllrs and the Hertsmere cllrs wo to a man and woman supported this campaign regardless of party lines. triedandtrusted
  • Score: -1

12:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

hanstatdg says...

I think the decision to introduce a further 50mph speed limit on the fast dual carriageway is wrong. It's not safe for any pedestrian to cross that road. The only safe option is a proper provision for pedestrians to cross safely, and that means either a pedestrian-controlle
d crossing, or a footbridge.
I think the decision to introduce a further 50mph speed limit on the fast dual carriageway is wrong. It's not safe for any pedestrian to cross that road. The only safe option is a proper provision for pedestrians to cross safely, and that means either a pedestrian-controlle d crossing, or a footbridge. hanstatdg
  • Score: 11

1:04pm Fri 8 Aug 14

triedandtrusted says...

Yes lets campaign for a bridge over the A1
Yes lets campaign for a bridge over the A1 triedandtrusted
  • Score: 1

10:20pm Fri 8 Aug 14

aworrall says...

Nonsense, we should thank Brian Coleman and not Dismore - this was something that Coleman pushed for a long time.
Nonsense, we should thank Brian Coleman and not Dismore - this was something that Coleman pushed for a long time. aworrall
  • Score: -7

4:33pm Sat 9 Aug 14

marccohen53 says...

Sensiblefellow, what has this got to do with Offord? Members of Parliament don't get involved with roads, this is clearly an issue for TfL and the council.
Sensiblefellow, what has this got to do with Offord? Members of Parliament don't get involved with roads, this is clearly an issue for TfL and the council. marccohen53
  • Score: -2

11:04am Mon 11 Aug 14

CliffT says...

That's one way to get the speed camera earning its keep
That's one way to get the speed camera earning its keep CliffT
  • Score: 2

4:23pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Clivicus says...

hanstatdg wrote:
I think the decision to introduce a further 50mph speed limit on the fast dual carriageway is wrong. It's not safe for any pedestrian to cross that road. The only safe option is a proper provision for pedestrians to cross safely, and that means either a pedestrian-controlle

d crossing, or a footbridge.
Exactly this. The difficulty of crossing will still remain regardless of the speed, as the amount of traffic that passes through is huge. Besides, nobody takes the roundabout at 70mph so I'm not exactly sure what reducing the speed on the approach will achieve.
[quote][p][bold]hanstatdg[/bold] wrote: I think the decision to introduce a further 50mph speed limit on the fast dual carriageway is wrong. It's not safe for any pedestrian to cross that road. The only safe option is a proper provision for pedestrians to cross safely, and that means either a pedestrian-controlle d crossing, or a footbridge.[/p][/quote]Exactly this. The difficulty of crossing will still remain regardless of the speed, as the amount of traffic that passes through is huge. Besides, nobody takes the roundabout at 70mph so I'm not exactly sure what reducing the speed on the approach will achieve. Clivicus
  • Score: 3

5:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

nlygo says...

reducing the speed limit to 50 mph on the approach to Stirling Corner from the south will achieve quite a lot actually.
reducing the speed limit to 50 mph on the approach to Stirling Corner from the south will achieve quite a lot actually. nlygo
  • Score: -2

9:18am Fri 15 Aug 14

Rog T says...

Aworrell, many thanks for highlighting just how inneffective Brian Coleman was. Dismore has sorted it out in 2 years. Coleman did nothing for the area in 12 years. It was only when Colemans bluster was replaced by Dismores sensible pragmatic approach that things got sorted out.
Aworrell, many thanks for highlighting just how inneffective Brian Coleman was. Dismore has sorted it out in 2 years. Coleman did nothing for the area in 12 years. It was only when Colemans bluster was replaced by Dismores sensible pragmatic approach that things got sorted out. Rog T
  • Score: 1

9:58am Fri 15 Aug 14

nlygo says...

Stirling Corner roundabout and the approaches on the A1 are the responsibility of TfL and Hertsmere Council, not Barnet Council

for the period when Brian Coleman was on the GLA various trials were carried out at Stirling Corner, so it is unfair to say that Brian did nothing. Dismore has just continued the work and following conclusion of the safety trials, more changes are proposed
Stirling Corner roundabout and the approaches on the A1 are the responsibility of TfL and Hertsmere Council, not Barnet Council for the period when Brian Coleman was on the GLA various trials were carried out at Stirling Corner, so it is unfair to say that Brian did nothing. Dismore has just continued the work and following conclusion of the safety trials, more changes are proposed nlygo
  • Score: 0

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