Residents in Dollis Hill urge Brent Council to push forward traffic calming measures

PUBLISHED: 13:07 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:08 17 February 2014

Hassan Halaou (left), Parvez Ahmed (centre), Reza Haidari (right) witnessed the recent crash in the Dollis Hill road (pic credit: Jan Nevill)

Hassan Halaou (left), Parvez Ahmed (centre), Reza Haidari (right) witnessed the recent crash in the Dollis Hill road (pic credit: Jan Nevill)

Copyright: Mr. Jan Nevill

Residents in Dollis Hill have pleaded with council chiefs to push forward traffic calming measures on their “accident ridden” road following an influx of car crashes in recent months.

Aftermath of recent crash on Randall Avenue (pic credit: Parvez Ahmed)Aftermath of recent crash on Randall Avenue (pic credit: Parvez Ahmed)

People living in Randall Avenue have lobbied town hall bosses to extend the 20 miles per hour speed limit restriction to both sides of the half a mile stretch

In the latest crash a car smashed into a parked vehicle in the early hours of the morning last week.

No one was hurt in the smash and the driver was issued a fixed penalty charge.

Parvez Ahmed was left out of pocket when a car smashed into his garage.

He said: “We have seen far too many accidents on this road in recent years and the recent collision show that the problem is not going away.

“I have honestly lost count of the amount of times I’ve looked outside my window and seen debris scattered all over the street following a smash.”

According to council documents seen by the Times, there have been 35 traffic related casualties in the area over the last three years (2010-2013), including three deaths and two child causalities.

Gill Close, chair of the Dollis Hill Residents Association, said: “We are happy that the council has pledged to install a 20 mph zone in the local area but we need it done sooner than later.”

Identifying as the bus lane which runs along Edgware Road as the cause traffic on Dollis Hill Lane, she added: “We are sick of the danger, noise and shaking of our homes caused by heavy lorries.”

“We completely understand that these things take time and it’s not necessarily the Council’s fault but I fear somebody might be killed in the crash while we wait.”

Cllr Alison Hopkins, Liberal Democrat councillor for Dollis Hill, has been campaigning on behalf of residents for traffic calming measures in the area.

She said: “Some of these roads are death traps and the recent accidents shows that we desperately need to get these measures implemented.”

Cllr Jim Moher, Brent Council’s lead member for highways and transportation, said: ““We have reviewed accident records, successfully bid for funding from Transport for London and are now developing proposals for safety measures in this area, which may include an extension of the existing 20mph zone on Randall Avenue.

“These kind of programmes take two to three years to develop because we have to bid for money for safety measures, plan our funding bids in advance, prioritise where we invest so there is the most benefit for residents and road users and consult with residents and the emergency services, all before we can get started on the detail.”

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