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PLANS DENIED: Petition for Northwood pedestrian crossing hits road block

 Published on: 16th November 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A petition to create a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of two Northwood roads has had a setback, after the borough council stated it would be too expensive.

At a meeting with Hillingdon Council’s cabinet member for property, highways and transport, councillor Jonathan Bianco, petition organiser Jo Asia Oman made her case for the crossing, which would be located on the junction between Rickmansworth Road and Green Lane.

The crossing is on a busy road used by pupils of five schools, a nearby university, and visitors to Mount Vernon Hospital, as well as local residents, and has previously been described as “dangerous to navigate at peak times” by parents.

However, councillors stated there was no room for one and that the cost was too high.

They did state that altering the timing of red lights on the road might give pedestrians more time to cross, but responsibility for that came down to Transport for London (TfL), who had previously rejected similar proposals.

Speaking to NORTHWOOD&RUISLIPnews, Jo said: “I still believe that the best solution is not to increase the length of the red light but to install traffic signals for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic, activated by call buttons for pedestrians, with the walk signal being directly across the road from the pedestrian.”

A spokesperson for TfL said: “We remain committed to Vision Zero and the ambitious goal to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from London’s roads.

“Following new investment being secured as part of our latest funding agreement with government, we are restarting work on an ambitious programme of safety enhancement works.

“We regularly talk to Hillingdon Council about their schemes and proposals and are working with the council to progress these.”

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