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Southwark Labour councillors call on TfL to back safer crossings on Borough High Street

16 December 2014
Borough High Street crossing Southwark Labour councillors and London Assembly Member Val Shawcross joined community groups and families to call for action from TfL to deliver a new pedestrian crossing on Borough High Street.

In January Southwark’s Labour Leader Peter John announced that the council would back the campaign for new pedestrian crossings on Borough High Street, led by community groups Southwark Living Streets, SE1 Safer Roads and Borough Babies. The Labour council agreed to fund the new pedestrian crossings at the two junctions heavily used by those travelling to and from school; Great Dover Street - Marshalsea Road and Great Suffolk Street - Trinity Street.

The first pedestrian crossing, on Great Dover Street - Marshalsea Road, is being taken forward as part of the council’s Cycling Quietway works and is on track to be delivered in the summer. However the second pedestrian crossing, Great Dover Street – Marshalsea Road, is owned by TfL and despite pressure from the Labour council, TfL have so far refused to commit to a new pedestrian crossing in their plans for
this junction.

Southwark Labour councillors joined local parents and community groups on Borough High Street to show support for the local demand for this pedestrian crossing and are encouraging families and local people to support the campaign. 

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark and Newington ward councillor Neil Coyle said:  

“A pedestrian crossing is absolutely necessary at this junction for the large numbers of children, families and workers who cross here every day. Southwark’s Labour council has been lobbying TfL to agree to proposals for a pedestrian crossing at this junction, but TfL have refused to agree the plans and commit to a timescale for delivery. We will continue to lobby for this much-needed pedestrian crossing and press TfL to take action now, rather than waiting for an accident to occur.”

Chaucer ward councillor Claire Maugham, who campaigned for the pedestrian crossings with local parents and community groups, said: 

“Over 1,500 local people signed a petition calling for new pedestrian crossings on Borough High Street and while we were delighted at the response from the Labour council, it is disappointing that TfL is now dragging its feet on the proposals. 

“This pedestrian crossing will make a real difference to the hundreds of families who cross this road every day and it is particularly important given the high number of school children crossing the road. We are asking TfL to listen to community concerns over safety in the area and to back the proposals for a much- needed pedestrian crossing at this junction.”

Val Shawcross, London Assembly Member for Southwark and Lambeth and Labour's transport spokesperson, said:
"Making London’s streets safer for pedestrians is a key priority for our environment and our health. This junction needs to be made safer and I thank the local councillors for their efforts in compiling the petition about this. I hope Transport for London can be persuaded to treat this issue more urgently."


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