Published: 13 April, 2012
• HOW can so-called intelligent people at Transport for London (TfL) be so idiotic as to have pedestrian safety barriers ripped out from the islands in the centre of roads (Guard rails ripped out to make crossing road easier, April 6)? Also, how can Caroline Russell, who chairs Islington Living Streets, agree with the decision.
I stood on the pavement at the Nag’s Head for 10 minutes and watched elderly people and children trying to stop themselves from falling under the wheels of speeding vehicles as they awkwardly negotiated the unprotected island in the centre of the road.
These islands were designed with barriers so they would be safe refuges when crossing six lanes of a busy highway.
But, no, Ms Russell wants people to be able to cross the road, night and day, and anywhere they like.
In her deluded state, we could have all central road barriers removed and pedestrian crossings made obsolete.
She should think before she says these things.
What TfL is carrying out is just crass stupidity on a monumental scale.
Mark my words, if the barriers are not replaced at the Nag’s Head and at other sites, there will be many accidents, and god forbid they are fatal.
Hilldrop Road, N7