12:00 p.m. November 30, 2021
A petition opposing the potential closure of the Gallows Corner flyover has garnered nearly 1,300 signatures.
Last week, Transport for London (TfL) warned it may have to shut down the flyby if it does not receive additional government funding.
More than £ 4bn has been provided throughout the pandemic, but TfL says it still faces a £ 1.3bn funding gap for 2022/2023.
In response, Sharon Heron launched a petition calling on TfL and Havering Council to “work together” to rethink Gallows Corner.
“It’s just a ridiculous situation,” she said. “We have been promised as residents of Havering for years and years and years that there will be safety improvements at the roundabout.”
She thinks that the roundabout would only become more dangerous if the bridge, built “temporarily” 50 years ago, were closed: “Over the years, there have been many accidents, many deaths. I know many people who go out of their way to avoid this roundabout altogether. Driving over them can be a very scary experience at times.
Cllr Damian White, head of the Havering Council, said the authority supported the petition: “We feel as disappointed with TfL and the Mayor of London as the residents.
“For years, residents have had to put up with an overflight that has passed its expiration date and a blocked intersection, dangerous and simply unfit for use. “
Grant MacMaster, a member of the Independent Harold Hill Residents Association – Gooshays action team, said the potential impact would be “devastating.”
“The government plays politics with TfL, and TfL plays politics with the government. But it is the local residents who are the losers and obviously the real concerns are not with political parties, ”he said.
“They are really about the fact that the quality of our local air, at a time when we should call it a climate emergency, is going to be absolutely tarnished.”
A spokesperson for TfL said negotiations were “underway”: “If TfL were to move to a” managed decline “scenario due to lack of government funding, our larger program for renewal of structures and tunnels managed by TfL – like Gallows Corner – would have to be cut, resulting in the postponement of some projects.
“These structures could therefore be threatened with closure until funding for their renewal is available. “
Since the news broke, Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has said his constituency has been “treated like dirt” by town hall, and the shutdown would cause “even more chaos on the roads”.
Check out the petition at https://www.change.org/p/transport-for-london-gallows-corner-tfl-to-commit-to-funding-and-redesign
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