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Crowds join protest over killer’ road

PUBLISHED: 18:47 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

Mourned: Alex Ludlow

Mourned: Alex Ludlow

HUNDREDS of people attended a march to rally a council for better safety on a stretch of road which claimed the lives of two schoolboys within five months of each other. About 200 people turned up at the demonstration on Elmstead Lane, Bromley, last Sund

HUNDREDS of people attended a march to rally a council for better safety on a stretch of road which claimed the lives of two schoolboys within five months of each other.

About 200 people turned up at the demonstration on Elmstead Lane, Bromley, last Sunday to appeal to the council to install traffic calming measures on the deadly route.

Last September Alex Ludlow, a 16-year-old talented pupil from Eltham College was knocked down as he returned from a rugby match. He died in his fathers arms just yards from their home.

Roger Ludlow attended the march with his wife Bridgette.

An inquest in to Mr Ludlow's death is due to take place today.

Just five months after Mr Ludlow's death, Cooper's Technology College pupil Steven Jeacock was hit by a car on the same road.

He died nine days later at Great Ormond Street Hospital, two days after his 12th birthday.

Steven's mum, Louise Jeacock, of Castlecombe Road, Mottingham, was joined by family members and friends at the march.

A spokesman from Bromley police said: ""The Safer Neighbourhood Teams were out supporting the event to give road safety advice and for people to raise any concerns that they had around road safety in the area.

"This march highlighted residents' concerns about Elmstead Lane and afforded both the police and fire brigade an opportunity to educate both drivers and pedestrians about their responsibilities when it comes to road safety.

"We all want to reduce the number of road collisions and the number of fatalities and injuries in our communities and we welcome any initiatives or measures which will improve road safety".

A spokesman for Bromley council said: "We are mindful of the personal loss that family and friends feel. We want to learn as much as possible from these tragic incidents and will listen very carefully to the official findings.

"Residents will recognise that accident reduction measures take planning. Installing them is a complex process - but an important one that ensures that road safety is at the very heart of what we do

"The range of measures being considered for Elmstead Lane include the installation of traffic signs and lines, pedestrian refuges, mini roundabouts and a zebra crossing.

We are hoping to consult local people about these plans in the next couple of months."

Katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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