Residents fear next crash at Wallington accident blackspot will be fatal
Campaigners fear the next crash at an accident black spot will be fatal unless something is done to calm traffic.
Only last week a car was flipped onto its roof after a collision on Woodcote Road, Wallington, with one of the occupants claiming she was "lucky to be alive".
Residents say they hear a crash "every few days" on their road, and have long been campaigning to have traffic calming measures such as traffic lights, or speed humps put in.
The first petition which flagged up the dangers of the junction of Woodcote Road and Woodmansterne was presented to the council in 1988, the most recent from the Woodcote Green Resident's Association was in October 2011.
Earlier this year £50,000 was allocated for "improvement works" but as of yet, nothing has been done. Council officers have suggested a one way system on the road, but residents believe that will just move the problem elsewhere.
Patrick Radford, a representative from the residents association, said although it has been a frustrating wait, the council is actually listening and oprogress is being made.
He said: "The one way system would just move traffic to Sandy Lane South, where Gary Mason the boxer was killed. We want to see traffic calming measures, and the enforcement of current laws around speeding and heavy goods vehicles. 1400 cars a day come down this road, 15 per cent of them travel more than 35mph. At the junctions on both ends of Woodcote Road, drivers do not really seem to know which way to go."
Research compiled in February found there had been two fatal accidents in the recent past and 23 accidents in total.
A council spokesperson said: "The funding from Transport for London was released to Sutton Council in April of this year and a traffic management scheme for the area was then designed and approved for public consultation.
"Consultation with residents was undertaken during the summer months and now a report will go to the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee on October 1 with a view to implementing some or all of the proposals by the end of the financial year."
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