Jan 10 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
A ‘DANGEROUS’ crossroads is confusing drivers yet the council has decided not to repaint road markings, despite repeated calls from neighbours.
Motorists told the Observer they are worried a serious accident could happen in Pinner Hill Road at the junction with Pinner Green, Pinner, and claim lives could be saved by putting in clear road markings indicating where vehicles should be positioned when turning right.
The council removed the road markings early last year following a trial, which it said revealed them to be ‘less effective in making the junction safer than before’, and following advice from police.
Parking and traffic spokesman for Pinner Association, Owen Cock said: “It is a dangerous junction. I have been trying for a while to get the council to put in white road markings correctly, but they do not want to do anything to the junction at all.
“I have been very close to having a collision there myself, as have a lot of residents, and many people have contacted me about the problem and the dangers it is causing.
“I don’t want accidents happening there.
“Road markings need to be put in place so people know what to do. It even says in the Highway Code that it is safer to have road markings at junctions, such as Pinner Green traffic lights.”
Another driver who has incurred problems at the crossroads, is Anne Darbourne of Albury Drive, Pinner, who said she and her husband try to avoid it completely.
She said: “People do not know what to do, it’s not simple.
“I have had a few near misses there because my car is quite low, so people can’t see me very well. My daughter who lives in Pinner has also had a few run-ins at the traffic lights – it is very worrying.
“The whole junction is a danger. The council need to put in white road markings so that people can understand what to do. It can’t cost too much to put them in and they could be saving lives.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.”
John Edwards, divisional director for environmental services, said: “The council introduced the right turning arrows about 18 months ago as part of a trial following concerns raised about safety and efficiency at the junction.
“During the trial period, we monitored the junction for a year and found that the markings were less effective in making the junction safer than it was before.
“We subsequently removed the markings earlier last year.
“We are aware that some faint markings are still visible but we are endeavouring to get this resolved as soon as possible.
“We have worked closely on this project with the Metropolitan Police, and we will not be doing any further rearrangement of this junction at the present. We apologise if we have caused any confusion for drivers.”