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Residents demand action over 'danger' junction plagued by red-light jumpers
RESIDENTS are demanding action over a 'dangerous junction' they say is plagued by red-light jumpers in Northwood, amid fears someone could be killed.
Three crashes have happened in the past two months at the junction with Rickmansworth Road and Ducks Hill Road, causing damage to a pedestrian guardrail opposite.
A further five collisions have occurred at the junction in the past three years up to the end of July this year, although none were fatal or serious.
Residents believe the junction has become an 'accident hot-spot' since a set of traffic lights was installed about three years ago, and are campaigning for red-light safety cameras.
Chairman of the Northwood Residents' Association, Tony Ellis, said: "It would seem that the very presence of the traffic lights encourages motorists to jump the red lights and cause accidents.
"There have been quite a few prangs since the lights were installed, and a lot of them are cars coming out of Ducks Hill Road, and going too fast.
"This is a dangerous junction and if something isn't done to make it safer, before long someone will be seriously injured or even killed, but so far our requests seem to have fallen on death ears."
Northwood ward councillor, Scott Seaman-Digby, backed the campaign but insisted that responsibility for red-light cameras lies with the police, Transport for London (TfL) and its affiliate, the London Safety Camera Partnership (LSCP).
Mr Seaman-Digby said: "Council officers have spoken to the police about recent incidents but at the moment there is no clear view on the precise cause - it could be red light jumping but we don't know at this stage.
"My understanding is funding has been dramatically cut for safety cameras and as yet we don't know if there has been any further reduction as a result of the impact of the comprehensive spending review on TfL and police budgets overall.
"Far from falling on deaf ears, the views of residents have been immediately reported to the relevant authority and we continue to push for both answers on what is causing the accidents and whether the incident record might warrant investment in cameras or other changes."
According to TfL, for a red light camera to be installed, in the past three years there must have been a collision history involving one death or serious injury, and one other personal injury. Both accidents must have been caused by a motorist 'disobeying automatic traffic signals' (running a red light).
A TfL spokesperson said: "Safety cameras are installed at sites with a history of fatal and serious injuries caused by drivers who speed or run red lights.
"TfL and London boroughs use a wide range of measures to make the roads safer, including infrastructure improvements and marketing campaigns.
"These, along with appropriately placed safety cameras at locations that meet the relevant criteria, have contributed to a 51 per cent fall in the number of people killed and seriously injured on London's roads since the mid to late 1990s.''
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