Road campaigners have called for more dramatic changes to improve three dangerous roads.
Proposals for double yellow lines at junctions and resident led speed monitoring schemes have been given a lukewarm reception by concerned members of Thornton Heath Community Action Team.
THCAT lead on road safety Ian Marvin said: “While greater enforcement is welcomed, more dramatic changes are needed to slow drivers down on some of our busiest and most accident ridden roads.”
During the summer Cllr Stuart King, cabinet lead on transport and the environment together with a highways engineer from Croydon Council met with THCAT to discuss concerns over three target action roads: Melfort Woodville and Grange Road.
A group of residents accompanied by councillors did a walk about along Melfort and Woodville roads but time limitations meant they weren’t able to walk Grange Road.
Unfortunately, since then there has been a further accident on Grange Road involving motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car on September 1, at 9pm.
During the walkabout Cllr King was shown first hand the problems with corner parking and excessive entry speed in Woodville Road as well as the speeding and dangerous junctions in Melfort Road.
Mr Marvin added: “We also used the opportunity to mention our own ideas, such as use of planters to deter obstructive parking and speeding and the possible introduction of traffic lights at the junction of Melfort Road and Brook Road.
“Although we had proposed fairly major changes at the bottom of Woodville Road it doesn’t seem that these will be looked at. Instead double yellow lines will be painted on the corners of the side streets coming off the road, which should help visibility and sight-lines at least.”
In Melfort Road increased enforcement is proposed, including trialling the Community Speed Watch scheme where residents will be trained to use radar speed guns by police.
Motorists recorded breaking the speed limit are issued with warning letters, and those travelling at excessive speed could face immediate action from police. Intelligence gathered will also help Transport for London and the Met to assess traffic and policing strategies.
Game of cat and mouse: The council painted in a parking bay and more recently double yellow lines on the junction of LIvingstone Road and Mersham Road. A few days later someone paints them out and parks. This has been going on for over six months despite complaints from residents.