Ealing Council’s safety improvements at one of the busiest junctions in the borough have resulted in a 300% reduction in pedestrian accidents and a drop of 70% in vehicle collision rates.
The junction at Uxbridge Road which meets Northfield Avenue and Drayton Green Road, commonly known as Lido Junction, previously had the highest pedestrian accident rate in the borough, with eight times the borough average of pedestrian collisions.
The council worked with Transport for London in 2012 to install green man crossings on all arms of the junction, making changes to parking and loading restrictions and also removing a bus stop on Drayton Green Road.
The impact of the Lido Junction scheme was recognised at the recent 2014 London Transport Awards where the council won the ‘most effective road safety, traffic management and enforcement’ category.
In addition, the council’s transport planning team was also highly commended for its Biking Schools programme, and school travel advisor, Maree O’Neill, was crowned Young Transport Professional of the Year at the awards ceremony held earlier this month.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “The installation of green man signals at Lido junction has made a huge difference to people living and working in West Ealing, making it much safer and easier to cross the road. This was always the aim of the Lido junction scheme and I am delighted that there has been a significant improvement in road safety. I am also pleased that our efforts have been recognised at the London Transport Awards.”
“Congratulations also go to officers who work hard to ensure children are equipped with the skills to ride their bikes through the Ealing Biking Schools programme and to Maree O’Neill for her work with schools.”