The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new traffic signalling trial for Redbridge roundabout after visiting the site with Wes Streeting MP and again with Mike Gapes MP a few weeks ago.
During the visit Sadiq Khan met with RedRag campaigners and visited Redbridge Roundabout. Wes and Mike spoke to Sadiq about the problematic signalling and about step-free access at Newbury Park station. The leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal, has been pushing for action on both these issue for years.
A new timing strategy will be trailed at the roundabout where red signals will be help for up to six seconds longs to help vehicles exit at Redbridge Lane East. There will also be a three second green light time increase to reduce congestion on the A12. Lane markings will also be reviewed, in the hope that ‘side swipe’ collisions are reduced.
Speaking to the Ilford Recorder Sadiq Khan said, “Having visited the area and seeing the issues at Redbridge roundabout for myself, I made a firm commitment to produce an outline plan to address Londoners’ concerns about congestion, air quality and road safety.
“Working with Transport for London (TfL), I have now delivered on that promise within two weeks and we have already put in place a range of signalling measures to begin reducing congestion for residents, improving safety and cracking down on pollution.”
Wes also praised the mayor in the Ilford Recorder for implementing the changes swiftly: “We’ll have to see how the trial proceeds, but I sincerely hope that it contributes to reducing congestion around the roundabout in a way that helps make residents’ journeys easier and quicker.”
The new traffic light phasing trial will being soon and last for four weeks. Hopefully the changes will solve some of the problems around Redbridge Roundabout. The change is a great success for all, but especially for Alan, Angela and all the RedRag campaigners who have worked so hard and been so persistent on this issue.