A petition was launched on Wednesday 24 November and has already had over 500 signatures calling for Transport for London to commit to the funding and redesign of Gallows Corner. This comes after Tfl announced that if they were to move into a ‘Managed Decline scenario’, this would force them to have to defer some projects including Gallows Corner.
Local resident Sharon from Hornchurch launched the petition demanding funding for Gallows Corner and that the whole area be redesigned.
She told the Havering Daily: “The Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez informed us that by spring next year, work would begin. Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, visited the site years ago and promised something similar, the current London Mayor Sadiq Khan also visited the area and made another similar promise, yet here we are with a 50 year old temporary flyover.
“Gallows Corner is a very dangerous roundabout with many accidents taking place and lots of heavy traffic congestion there daily. It desperately needs to be redesigned. Locals here are fed up with broken promises and nothing happening. We have never been asked what are views are, no consultation has ever taken place where residents living nearby can have their say.”
A spokesperson for Transport for London told the Havering Daily: “Were TfL required to move to a ‘Managed Decline’ scenario due to Government funding not being forthcoming, our programme of larger renewals of structures and tunnels managed by TfL – such as Gallows Corner – would need to be reduced, leading to the deferral of some projects. These structures therefore could be at risk of closure until funding for their renewal becomes available.”
This news has angered local residents who in exchanged launched the petition in the hope that after 50 years, something will actually be done.
Havering and Redbridge GLA Assembly Member Keith Prince told the Havering Daily: “This looks like cheap scaremongering by the Mayor to put more pressure on the Government prior to the next Government bailout for TfL
“If the Mayor spent as much time in constructive talks and meetings with the Government as he does in time and resources trying to score cheap points against the Government, London would be in a far better place and we would be winning a bigger share of the pie
“I have called for urgent talks with the commissioner and can assure residents that I will continue to press TfL for a new flyover.”
Whilst the London Mayor and the Government argue between themselves, local residents are angry with all the broken promises and that they have a 50 year old temporary flyover.
If you would like to sign the petition, please see the link below.