Council Works On Controversial Bollard Junction

Kerb around bollard is heightened

A controversial traffic island in Wimbledon town centre which has caused at least nine accidents has been reconfigured again.

Work was carried to the junction of Wimbledon Hill Road and Worple Road in the early hours of Friday (October 26).

Sarah Davies, Lettings Manager at nearby Haart estate agent's, has witnessed at least nine accidents at the junction. In the latest (see below) a van hit the bollard and overturned. The road was closed for more than five hours afterwards.


Now Merton council, which installed the bollard to protect pedestrians from cars cutting the corner at the busy junction, has doubled the height of the kerb around the bollard and providing new signage to make the junction clearer. See picture (right).

Councillor leader Stephen Alambritis explained that this should mean that vehicles who mis-judge the junction will hit the kerb, but not the bollard. In this instance, they should not over-turn, although they may get a flat tyre further down the road.

He said: "We have listened to people's concerns about this junction. Pedestrians crossing the road will still be protected, but vehicles will hit the kerb and not the bollard. We still urge motorists to drive carefully."

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October 31, 2012