Road groups hit out at Highbury safety bollards

07:01 03 July 2012

The car was stranded on a bollard after it levelled out

The car was stranded on a bollard after it levelled out

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The mother of a man whose car flipped at controversial new width restriction has hit out at the council, as scores of residents also voiced their objection to the layout.

Jasmin James says her son Clive could have died when his car tipped on its side as he tried to negotiate the new road safety measures in Drayton Park, Highbury, just a week after they were completed, as reported in the Gazette in May.

The Archway resident, of Hargrave Park, said: “The council is just waiting for it to kill someone before they do something about it.

“It needs to be removed. It could have taken my son’s life, and before long it will probably take someone else’s.”

A survey of walkers and cyclists showed this week that the vast majority want the measures scrapped. They are designed to calm traffic and stop lorries using the road as a cut-through.

Islington Living Streets (ILS) and Islington Cyclists Action Group (ICAG) found that 92 per cent of 180 people asked feel less safe on that road.

Caroline Russell, chairman of ILS, said: “People who walk, cycle and drive were almost unanimous in their dislike for the new road layout.”

Jono Kenyon, of ICAG, said: “We heard countless stories of scary near-misses. This unpopular design must be fixed.”

There are two islands in the middle of the road which force cars to drive right up to the side of the road, and critics say drivers have to unexpectedly swerve to navigate them, putting drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in peril.

Cllr James Murray, Islington’s executive member for housing, said: “The width restriction at Drayton Park was put in to stop lorries using it as a rat run – it’s helping to achieve this, but we are reviewing its exact design based on the concerns raised by other road users.

“This will likely involve re-aligning some of the islands and changing some of the road markings, and as soon as the improvements are agreed we can make the necessary changes.”

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