In 2013 a petition was launched by a group of residents in Romford asking the council to install a pedestrian crossing.
This was agreed by the council in 2015 and now four years later the residents are still awaiting the implementation of this crossing due to a land dispute.
Residents at Reflection Romford (Wave Court, Hunt Court, and Pulse Court) along Waterloo Road, have struggled to cross the dual carriage way, with risks of being knocked down or having to use the subway in the opposite direction.
Many residents are not given parking facilities, so there only means of travel is by walking.
A crossing would make the development more accessible and much safer for residents.
Local resident Deborah told the Havering Daily, ‘This crossing is very important for us here on the estate. We have experienced lots of problems either trying to cross the road or using the subway.
‘As a lady with the long winter nights coming in, I don’t feel very safe using the subway. There are lights there but I still always check who is walking along there first. Even for school children walking home it can be quite scary.
‘The installation of this crossing would be a prayer come true. To cross the road everyday can be so dangerous and if we don’t then we have to walk all the way to the South Street end. I nearly got myself killed walking along there once.
‘The paths to walk along can be very dangerous as they are very narrow and you can run the risk of getting knocked off.
‘I don’t know why it’s taking so long to sort out but we really need it.’
A member of Romford Labour told the Havering Daily, ‘The proposed toucan crossing for Waterloo Road still hasn’t been installed. The saga has now dragged on for over six years, a ridiculous length of time.
‘Residents are quite understandably outraged at the delay. Romford Labour have been in contact with the Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White for a while now asking for an estimated date for installation.
‘No date has yet been received during the course of our enquiries and our latest request hasn’t even received a reply. We have therefore been forced to ask The Havering Daily to take up the case for residents and push for this crossing to be put in place with no further delay.
‘The Channel tunnel was completed quicker than Havering council installing a toucan crossing, residents deserve better.’
The crossing is due to be built this year.