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Road safety consultation on 'absolutely lethal' Stirling Corner
A consultation on road safety at Stirling Corner has been launched in an attempt to persuade Transport for London to extend the traffic signals.
Labour London Assembly member Andrew Dismore is asking people in Borehamwood to complete the survey which he plans to hand to TfL in the coming weeks.
The traffic lights currently operate for just three hours a day from 3.30-6.30pm which Mr Dismore says is causing danger to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Speaking to the Borehamwood Times, he said: “This has been an issue for many years and after speaking to people recently, it has become clear they are wound up about it.
“It’s absolutely lethal for people to try and get across the road when the lights aren't working. It’s creating a ridiculous situation where people will actually get on a bus on the far side of the junction to get safely across to the other side.
“The answer for pedestrians is to have the lights on 24/7.”
But Mr Dismore insists this is not just a problem for people on foot.
He added: “Motorists struggle to join the junction when the lights aren’t working, especially from the south and north arm. You really have to put your foot down to join it when the traffic is coming at 70mph.
“The consultations are already coming back thick and fast and it’s pretty unanimous that people want something to be done.”
Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council’s Transport and Road Safety Forum also attempted to get the lights working round the clock, but were told by TfL in March this was not going to happen. Despite 4,000 signatures from people in favour of the change, TfL had claimed it would have a negative impact on traffic flow.
The consultation forms can be found on Andrew Dismore's website.
The Borehamwood Times is waiting for a response from TfL.