A TOTAL of six controversial yellow box junctions in Ealing will be scrapped by borough council.
The move includes four box junctions in Southall, one in Hanwell and one at the Broadway junction, The Mall, Ealing.
Phil Taylor, cabinet member for customer and community services said: "Following a meeting with the Department for Transport in June we understood that double-width yellow boxes could be placed at the T-junctions, as long as there was sufficient traffic flow in the area.
"We provided additional data and fully expected the DfT to confirm they were happy. Now eight months after we originally approached them, they appear to be suggesting this is not the case, but have still failed to provide us with a report setting out their position, despite repeated requests.
"It's ridiculous that it has taken the Government department which sets the rules so many months to interpret its own manual and we still have not received a definitive response. This just underlines how unclear the regulations are.
"Congestion is one of the top concerns highlighted in our annual residents' survey. The yellow box junctions were introduced several years ago to respond to those concerns and we still believe their installation was appropriate and that they are the most effective way of preventing gridlock on the borough's major roads.
"However, we feel we are now left with no alternative but to suspend enforcement on these six junctions with immediate effect and remove them from the road."
Anyone who has paid a penalty charge notice since the revised guidance was issued verbally on Thursday, 30 October, will be refunded. Any unpaid fines for those junctions will not be pursued by the Council.
The junctions which are affected are;
- South Road junction, St Joseph's Drive, Southall
- South Road junction, Cambridge Road, Southall
- South Road junction, Hamilton Road, Southall
- High Street junction, Avenue Road, Southall
- Uxbridge Road junction Lower Boston Road Hanwell - right turn out
- The Broadway junction The Mall, Ealing
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