Concerned Northwood parents have set up a petition calling for a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of Rickmansworth Road and Green Lane.
They argue the crossing is “dangerous to navigate at peak times”, especially as it is used by pupils of five schools in the area, a nearby university and members of the public going to the shops or Mount Vernon hospital.
Parent Joanna Babukutty said to Northwood&RuislipNews: As a family, we need to cross this junction to take the kids to school, go to church or visit our local park. There is no alternative crossing nearby.
“I struggle to explain to my young children which traffic lights to look at to determine when the cars will stop or go, as the only lights present are for the drivers, and not the pedestrians. Looking three-ways is not enough to stay safe there.
“You can hear cars roaring past on Rickmansworth Road as they speed up on this route, and drivers often rush through on red light as they are frustrated waiting in the traffic that often accumulates there at the school drop off time.
“I emailed the council and they told me there was not enough traffic to justify additional spending, but how can that be when there are 5 schools and 2 nurseries nearby?
“There must be some measures the council can install near this junction to prioritise pedestrians and make sure our families as safe to go to the park, church or school.”
When contacted for comment, Hillingdon Council said: “Transport for London owns and operates traffic signals and any changes that would affect traffic over junctions controlled by them needs a robust case and the required funding.
“TfL has previously rejected our suggestion of a pedestrian crossing here, citing low footfall and negative impact on traffic. However, the safety of residents is the council’s priority, and we remain open to all options.
“If the petition reaches the qualifying mark, the organiser will be invited to meet with the council to put forward their case.”
To sign the petition, which closes on August 15, you can visit this web link: www.bit.ly/3NOh2gK