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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 19:53

Barnet’s phantom mini-roundabout

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Contractors working on the installation of a mini-roundabout at one of High Barnet’s most hazardous road junctions have had to down tools because of an unexpected hitch with pipes for utility services.

A road re-alignment at the heavily-used junction of Wellhouse Lane and Wood Street was first proposed by Barnet Council in the autumn of 2014.

When work finally started earlier this year, residents believed that at long last improvements would make it safer for road users, as well as the many pedestrians on their way to and from Barnet Hospital and Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School.

Traffic frequently snarls up at the junction following a recent increase in the number of ambulances taking patients to the hospital, and the installation of a terminus in Wellhouse Lane for the 263 and 307 bus routes.

The £70,000 improvement includes road re-alignment, the provision of a mini-roundabout, a new zebra crossing at the top of Wellhouse Lane, and a new footway across the green space at the junction of the two roads.

Letters delivered to local residents state that “delays to essential utility works” have forced the council to put the project “on hold”; they will be advised of a revised start date.

The Barnet Society was told by the council’s traffic and development section that it could give no indication as to how long the delay might last.

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