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Driver wields knife as road rage erupts

‘This is so stressful,’ says resident as sewer repairs turn narrow road into traffic-choked rat-run

15 December, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Wyndham Crescent traffic congestion. On another occasion a resident saw a driver wield a knife

TENSION over weeks of sewer repairs has exploded into road-rage violence with one driver being threatened with a knife.

Two weeks of work on the sewer in Dartmouth Park Hill have led to traffic jams across Tufnell Park.

Residents living in Wyndham Crescent now say they are witnessing face-to-face clashes between motorists caught up in traffic chaos.

“There was a lot of traffic down the road on Friday,” said one resident, who did not wish to be identified due to fear of reprisals.

“One man refused to back up. He ripped another driver’s door open and pulled out a plastic bag and I could see a knife. The woman passenger in the car was screaming and screaming.

“I called 999. The man with the knife then went back into his car, and did a three-point turn while bashing all the parked cars.”

Although there are “no-entry” signs at Wyndham Crescent, drivers have been spotted moving them or ignoring them. The road – which allows only one car in parts – has become a busy rat-run.

Onlookers fear more fights are likely as drivers face congestion. Meanwhile, they say their own cars are being bumped as impatient drivers try to squeeze through the narrow street.

Another resident said drivers were causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to cars, but then leaving without providing insurance details.

“This is so stressful. I even saw an open-top bus with tourists taking photos of our road last week. We just want the road to be one-way, enforcement cameras or a worker with a sign during rush hour,” said a resident, who also wished to remain anonymous.

“The council promised us a traffic officer would be here on Tuesday but no one showed up,” the resident added.

The work has blocked Dartmouth Park Hill since the beginning of this month. It is expected to continue until Sunday.

A spokesman for Thames Water said: “We’re sorry for any disruption being caused by our work to repair and replace a collapsed sewer which had been damaged by tree roots.

“We’ve been working really hard to dig down and fix the pipe, and we’re expecting to leave the site next week. We’ve worked closely with the council to install temporary traffic management systems and diversion signs to help keep traffic flowing as best we can.”

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