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Help us kill speed on Dollis Road, N3

We the undersigned petition the council to urgently look into the issue of speeding on Dollis Road and liaise with the Police to consider installing speed cameras on Dollis Road as a matter of priority. The Council has a duty of care to its residents and to maintain the safety and usability of roads that are kept at public expense. Given the number of serious crashes in recent months, along the length of Dollis Road, it is only a matter of time before there is an incident leading to serious injury or loss of life for drivers or pedestrians.

The speed bumps that were introduced have exacerbated the reckless driving on Dollis Road: cars now slalom down up and down the road to avoid the bumps and drivers are regularly faced with cars heading straight up the middle of the road, in some sort of "game of chicken" lunacy. It is patently obvious that the speed bumps are entirely ineffective, and in fact, have made the driving conditions on Dollis Road even more hazardous. Speed signs would be equally ineffective and have already been tried.

Dollis Road requires speed cameras in a number of carefully considered places to ensure that cars do not fly up and down the road from the junction with Nether Street, picking up speed again at the bend near the bottom, at the entrance to Dollis Brook. Removing the speed bumps would stop the “slaloming” and would allow emergency vehicles and buses to pass along the route unencumbered. It is critical that the Council makes this a funding priority before there are further serious injuries or loss of life. Residents would also like to see a bollard installed on the corner of Crescent Road and Dollis Road. Cars regularly swing round the corner, mounting the pavement and narrowly missing pedestrians, many of whom are primary school children on their way to St Mary’s.

For context, last weekend (4.12.21) there was yet another serious crash on Dollis Road, requiring hours of police presence and an air ambulance, with a nearby pedestrian treated for severe shock. The road was closed in both directions for 3 hours. Residents have now lost count of the number of accidents in the last year, all of which required hours of police and other emergency service workers’ time, in a climate where little can be spared. In addition to the major reported accidents, residents regularly lose wing mirrors, have their cars scraped and dodge speeding vehicles to cross the road or get into their own cars with their lives intact.

A few weeks ago, there was another crash metres from last weekend’s, where once again the car mounted the pavement and smashed into a lamppost and then into the allotments, tearing down the fence. Another car crashed at the same place as today’s incident a couple of years ago and once again mounted the pavement and became stuck between the arches of the viaduct. The bend at the bottom of Dollis Road is an extremely busy pedestrian route, particularly so because the entrance to Dollis Brook is located there. It is quite terrifying to think that one day, we will not be as lucky as in previous incidents and a family out for a walk, will be ploughed into by a speeding car.

Let’s work together to create a safer road and stop a tragedy happening!

This ePetition runs from 14/12/2021 to 25/01/2022.

117 people have signed this ePetition.