Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Danger: petrolhead at work

This speed limit sign on Hale End Road E17 has been obscured, presumably by someone who objects to a 30 mph limit.

The sign, near the junction with Studley Avenue E4, is close to the site of a pedestrian fatality. A child was run down and killed here while crossing the road, some years ago. After his death some traffic islands were installed, together with cross-hatching and other markings in the carriageway. But back then a single death didn't qualify for a speed camera. Today, drivers still race down the hill here at excessive speed. A new 20 mph zone has been introduced further on, at the bend by Oak Hill. There's an illuminated speed sign which flashes all day long as drivers ignore this new speed restriction.