Have your say on proposals for road safety improvements at Gallows Corner on the A12 Eastern Avenue and Colchester Road and the A127 Southend Arterial Road

Closed 13 Mar 2016

Opened 29 Jan 2016

Results Updated 15 Dec 2016

Thank you to all those who provided views on our proposals.

We received 340 responses to the consultation. There were 333 responses from members of the public and seven responses from stakeholders.

  • 45% of the public supported our proposal to change the road layout of the roundabout and traffic islands at Gallows Corner. 39% did not support the proposal. 16% were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion
  • 54% of the public supported our proposal for new white lines and guidance markings across the junction. 30% did not support the proposal. 16% were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion
  • 50% of the public supported our proposal for widened traffic lanes on the A127 Southend Arterial Road. 30% did not support the proposal. 20% were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion
  • 37% of the public supported our proposal for footway widening between A118 Straight Road and A12 Colchester Road. 38% did not support the proposal. 25% were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion
  • 51% of the public supported our proposal for an extension of the 30mph limit on the approach to the junction from the A12 Eastern Avenue, A12 Colchester Road and A127 Southend Arterial Road. 33% did not support the proposal. 17% were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion
  • 59% of the public supported our proposal for new speed limit signs and vehicle activated flashing signs located on the A12 Eastern Avenue, A12 Colchester Road and A127 Southend Arterial Road. 28% did not support the proposal. 14% were not sure, did not answer, or had no opinion

Having considered the responses received, we have decided to proceed with these improvements. The proposals were designed to reduce collisions and improve safety, based on analysis of the junction’s collision history. We remain of the view that the proposed scheme will achieve this goal. We aim to start work during spring 2018, subject to confirmation of funding and coordination with other work in the area.

To view our consultation report and responses to issues raised; please click on the link below:

Please click here to view the full report (PDF).

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Overview

We are proposing road safety improvements to the roundabout at Gallows Corner to reduce the number of vehicle collisions that take place at the junction.

The roundabout is a busy five arm junction in the London Borough of Havering, linking the A12 Eastern Avenue and A12 Colchester Road with the A127 Southend Arterial Road and A118 Main Road and Straight Road.  Above the roundabout is a flyover that runs between the A12 Eastern Avenue and the A127 Southend Arterial Road.

Many have voiced concern about the poor road safety record at Gallows Corner. Our analysis shows that the main causes of vehicle collisions are excessive speed on the approach and entry to the junction, drivers failing to give way whilst on the roundabout, and difficulty whilst changing lane.

These proposals intend to slow traffic sooner as it approaches the junction and to help traffic flow more safely as it moves through the roundabout.

What are we proposing?

Please see the plans below. Drawing one shows what is proposed whilst drawing two shows the roundabout close-up.

Gallows Corner drawing one shows what is proposed

Please click here to view map 1 (PDF).

Gallows corner Map 2

Please click here to view map 2 (PDF).

Key features

A safer journey

We want to make it safer for vehicles to move through the roundabout. To do this we propose:

  • Changes to the layout of the roundabout to extend the central island and reduce entry speeds. This would remove sharp turns and widen lanes for vehicles when turning and travelling through the junction
  • Improvements to the positioning, curvature and size of traffic islands, give way signs and other street furniture to improve visibility for vehicles passing through the junction
  • New white lines and guidance markings across the junction to better direct traffic
  • Traffic lane widening on the A127 Southend Arterial Road from 2.6 metres to 3 metres
  • Footway widening at the north east section of the roundabout between A118 Straight Road and A12 Colchester Road to better accommodate pedestrian and cyclist shared use facilities
  • Footway conversion to a pedestrian and cyclist shared use facility at the eastern section of the roundabout between A12 Colchester Road and A127 Southend Arterial Road
  • Road construction and resurfacing where required
     

Reducing speed

Roads on the approach to Gallows Corner have traffic speed limits of 50mph on the A12 and 40mph on the A127; however the junction itself, and also the borough owned A118 Main Road and Straight Road operate a 30mph speed limit. We want to slow traffic sooner on all approaches the junction. To do this we propose:

  • 150 metre extension of the 30mph speed limit on the approach to the junction from A12 Eastern Avenue
  • 120 metre extension of the 30mph speed limit on the approach to the junction from A12 Colchester Road
  • 80 metre extension of the 30mph speed limit on the approach to the junction from A127 Southend Arterial Road
  • New speed limit signs  and vehicle activated flashing signs located on the A12 Eastern Avenue and Colchester Road, and the A127 Southend Arterial Road
     

Speed enforcement cameras

To align with the extension of the reduced 30mph speed limit we would also relocate the speed cameras and calibration markings along A12 Eastern Avenue and A127 Southend Arterial Road. The existing speed camera on A12 Colchester Road would also be upgraded to a dual speed and red light camera.

Further information

The A12 Eastern Avenue, A12 Colchester Road and A127 Southend Arterial Road form part of the Transport for London Road Network, while the remaining two roads (Main Road and Straight Road) are the responsibility of the London Borough of Havering.

In June 2014, we issued a Road Safety Review and study report. The report offered a detailed analysis of a 36 month collision and traffic survey at Gallows Corner. The report gave a strong indication that approach and entry speeds were the main underlying factor behind many of the collisions at the roundabout.

The report proposed a change in the roundabout’s geometric alignment, and a reduction of speed on the approach to the roundabout. It suggested these options could result in a 50 per cent accident reduction rate.

These proposals are part of our Road Modernisation Plan, which consists of hundreds of projects to make London's road network safer and more reliable.

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, the start date for works would be determined giving due consideration to other works underway in the area and the need to keep traffic moving.

Drop in sessions

You can discuss these proposals with staff from Transport for London at The Liberty shopping centre, Romford RM1 3RL on Friday 26 February 2016 from 9am to 6pm. We will be located in Liberty Square.

Have your say

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Sunday 13 March 2016.

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Areas

  • Havering

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Roads