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The 12-point star, at the junction of Gale Street, Rugby Road and Ivy House Road, is part of a community project designed to improve the local area.

The organisers believe the unique road marking will slow down traffic, saying: “This creates a very different environment for drivers which is already dramatically reducing the speed of traffic approaching this busy junction and crossing point.

“It also allows pedestrians and cyclists to gain confidence in crossing the junction into the park from the shops which residents told us was dangerous.”

A spokesperson for Barking & Dagenham Council said: “The star design was chosen by residents as a feature” and a means to highlight the junction as a gateway to the Porters Lodge neighbourhood.

“The works were funded by Transport for London through the Council’s Local Implementation Plan funding programme.”