This week, Havering’s Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White, writes a piece on the re development of Gallows Corner in Romford for the East London Enquirer.
“I very much welcome the announced shortlisting of Gallows Corner for additional investment by the Government, which is long overdue.
Gallows Corner is a major roundabout junction in Havering, with a two-way flyover over it.
“The flyover, constructed in the 1970s and made from prefabricated units, was intended to be only be a temporary structure, something that still irks local motorists every time they use it over 40 years later.
“Including the flyover and arterial roads to and from it, Gallows Corner is the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL). The Council has no control over its funding, management, operation or maintenance.
“There is often severe congestion at the junction and this also has an adverse effect on many other roads in Havering. It has a poor record in road safety and air quality. Based on our monitoring data, the air quality at Gallows Corner has been identified as one of Havering’s key hotspots.
“The junction causes a major loss in links between Harold Hill and Romford, resulting in residents no being able to enjoy easy access to the south of the borough.
“For a number of years, my administration and I have lobbied TfL to undertake fundamental improvements to this junction to improve traffic flow, address safety concerns and tackle this barrier to easy movement around the borough.
“My administration has long argued that change is required at Gallows Corner both in terms of its physical layout and its operation.
“This should include options for removing the ageing flyover. Furthermore, “sinking” the junction in the same way that has been identified for the A13 in Barking and Dagenham, would enable wider development opportunities to be explored.
“For nearly 20 years I have campaigned for this junction to receive the additional investment required, alongside Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford and now, Keith Prince, GLA Member for Havering and Redbridge who is our man in City Hall.
“As well as being one of the first five potential local road schemes in the government’s major road network programme, it was also great to hear that Gallows Corner is eligible for further funds, which may become available if TfL can make a strong enough business case for more investment.”