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Richmond Council: Install a zebra crossing on Upper Teddington Road at Normansfield Avenue

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The vital Upper Teddington Road pedestrian crossing - relied on by a number of school communities - has been removed to make way for signalised crossings at other locations. This decision was made without consulting the community.

Kingston Road/Upper Teddington Road is one of the borough's most dangerous roads, and the new crossings correspond with the site of recent serious accidents. Removing this crossing therefore transfers the danger to the very spot where our most vulnerable residents cross. As justification, the council argues that their data suggest only a few people use the crossing, and that there haven't been any serious accidents there in the past. They also think we should use the other crossings provided, in spite of the fact that rerouting to them requires us to cross even more roads, and navigate yet more obstacles - including bus stops that occupy the entire pavement - something that's not easy when walking with children, bikes, scooters, and buggies. 

The council has also confirmed that it is a simple matter to upgrade the crossing to become a zebra. The infrastructure has even been put in place already, and it would take less than a week to paint some lines and wire up a beacon, and cost less than £2,000. But for some reason they're reluctant to complete the job, even though it could safe a child's life. 

Please show your support for the zebra by signing this petition, and let the council know that no matter what the data show, we believe it's their duty to mitigate risks to our children and other pedestrians before accidents happen, rather than waiting until someone gets hurt.  



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