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Refuge island proposed in Village Way to ensure safer crossing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 February 2018

Village Way, Beckenham. Picture: Google

Village Way, Beckenham. Picture: Google

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A refuge island is being proposed in Village Way, Beckenham, in order to improve pedestrian crossing facilities.

The proposal follows a recent review of pedestrian movements, which focused particularly on pupils travelling to and from school.

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher, executive cllr for environment, said: “We will continue to keep the important matter of road safety in Village Way and other borough roads under close review as I have previously stated.

“Statistically in terms of accidents, injuries and speeding, Village Way does not stand out as being a ‘dangerous’ road.

“We have again considered a zebra crossing but again, the volume of pedestrian footfall was not high enough to make it a safe proposition. “Nevertheless, a pedestrian refuge would aid pedestrians looking to cross the road, including school pupils, parents and other pedestrians, and could help reduce traffic speeds in the area where most children cross.”

Local residents will be consulted about the plan, with the refuge being proposed near the junction of Whitmore Road, with yellow line restrictions being extended to ensure that parked vehicles do not obstruct passing traffic.

Cllr Huntington-Thresher added, “If a school wanted to request a school crossing patrol, then they could, we would help them provide one.

“We have been in contact with Harris Academy about their school travel plan and a lollipop proposal has not been raised as part of these discussions.”

The proposals come after Beckenham and Bromley Liberal Democrats launched a campaign to fight for safe crossings and traffic calming measures on dangerous roads, particularly those used for routes to school.

‘Safer to School, Safer for all’ was launched by campaigners Chloe-Jane Ross, Alison Davis and Rich Wilsher, all parents with school-age children.

Rich Wilsher, who campaigned for safe crossing on Copers Cope Road last year, said: “Beckenham may have a Kent postcode, but its traffic problems are inner-London.

“Many roads across the north of the borough are notorious for speeding, rat-running and lack of safe crossings.”

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