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Residents say curb killer road'

PUBLISHED: 16:20 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

ANGRY: Residents are demanded action to make junction safer.

ANGRY: Residents are demanded action to make junction safer.

RESIDENTS fear lives are being risked because of delays in installing a pedestrian crossing on a road where 30 people have been seriously injured or killed in four years.

RESIDENTS fear lives are being risked because of delays in installing a pedestrian crossing on a road where 30 people have been seriously injured or killed in four years.

Plans for a crossing on the junction of Bromley Road and Whitefoot Lane near the Tiger's Head pub in Downham were agreed in 2006 but there is still nowhere safe for people to cross.

Councillors and residents have rallied Transport for London (TfL), responsible the route, to install the crossing, but they have blamed the delay on transferring part of the Lewisham council-owned land.

Resident Mike Bonnyface, 73, lives right outside the junction and cars come as close as one metre to his flat.

He said: "Whenever you cross the road, you take your life in to your own hands. It's very worrying. I'd say there is about one accident on average per month. I feel annoyed that nothing has been done.

"It makes me angry when I see another accident because people are getting injured when it could be avoided. My wife is 88 and won't cross the road on her own because cars jump the lights."

Between January 2004 and November 2008 there were four fatal and 26 serious injury collisions on the 3.5km stretch of Bromley Road between Sangley Road and Hillbrow Road.

Between January 2004 and November 2008 there were four serious collisions at the junction of Bromley Road and Whitefoot Lane.

Boris Johnson was asked at Mayor's Question Time on March 30 why it was taking so long.

Mr Johnson replied: "The required legal transfer of land unfortunately took longer than anticipated. During that time, it became clear that a review of the original traffic data and modelling was needed as this was several years old.

"The review was carried out in late 2008, showing that implementation of the scheme as originally proposed would result in an unacceptable impact on the flow of traffic, leading to increased congestion and significant delays."

But Whitefoot councillor Pete Pattisson argues that people could die the longer it is left.

He said: "We have been asking TfL and Lewisham council to take action on this lethal junction for years. The longer they procrastinate, the greater the risk of further accidents."

A spokesperson from Lewisham council said: "A sale contract and transfer agreement from Lewisham to TfL was completed in June 2008. In addition an agreement was reached in October 2007 allowing TfL to execute highway works on Lewisham roads that will enable the scheme to progress.

"Lewisham council has fully supported these proposals and has been pressing TfL for progress on the scheme development. We understand that TfL are reviewing the original scheme proposals and there is a possibility that the design will be amended.

"The council is concerned over the delays and would urge TfL as a matter of urgency to develop a scheme to enable pedestrian facilities to be improved at this junction".

A TfL spokesperson said: "We are currently investigating whether solutions can be found to enable pedestrian facilities to be improved whilst keeping the impact on traffic to a minimum.

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