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Road march to help save lives

PUBLISHED: 15:49 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

A MARCH rallying the council for better road safety along a route that has claimed the lives of two schoolboys is due to take place this Sunday, writes Kate Nelson. Dozens of supporters are expected to turn up to the event which is being held in memory o

A MARCH rallying the council for better road safety along a route that has claimed the lives of two schoolboys is due to take place this Sunday, writes Kate Nelson.

Dozens of supporters are expected to turn up to the event which is being held in memory of Eltham College student, Alex Ludlow, who was knocked down and killed last September.

Talented sportsman and grade-A pupil, Mr Ludlow, died in his father's arms after being struck by a car on Elmstead Lane, Bromley, just yards from his house.

Five months later, 12-year-old Steven Jeacock was killed on the same deadly stretch of road.

Alex Ludlow's father, Roger Ludlow, will be attending the march, which starts at Elmstead Woods Station at 12 noon.

He said: "Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend the event which is being run in conjunction with the police to bring to the attention of the council the dangers of the traffic on Elmstead Lane and lack of effective traffic calming measures .

"It's extremely important that the council get the message about this stretch of road as they hold the cards and the money. We're hoping for a good turnout. People from Alex's old school, Eltham College and Coopers secondary school will be there."

The police will have an information stand and will be handing out leaflets about road safety. The Fire Service will also be in attendance advising on safety issues.

A spokesman from Bromley police said: "We have been very aware of people's concerns around road safety in Elmstead Lane, as the road has suffered a number of serious accidents in recent months, two of which were sadly fatal.

"It is our job to react to people's concerns and both of the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be out supporting the event and inviting people to chat with them about road safety in general and, more specifically, on this stretch of road."

A spokesman from Bromley council said: "We are working hard to improve road safety every day. Many people are rightly passionate about road safety as we are.

"Of course, we'll be consulting residents about the action we take. In the meantime, we are analysing the results of the consultation about parking restrictions, which will have an impact on road safety in Elmstead Lane."

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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