Save lives - change the zebra crossings to pelican crossings in East Sheen

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Last week my son (8) very narrowly missed being hit by a speeding vehicle at 8.45am on the Zebra crossing across the Upper Richmond Road opposite Sheen Garden Centre and the end of Kings Road. This crossing is extremely busy, particularly with children going to East Sheen Primary school or Richmond Park Academy.

The car had accelerated to overtake a bus who had stopped to let us cross. I do not believe the driver could have realised the crossing was there. After highlighting the issue to the school and the local community I have heard many similar and terrifying near miss and actual collision anecdotes. So far nobody has died but with so many near miss stories we worry it is only a matter of time.

With the key issue being a lack of awareness that the crossing is there, a pelican (traffic light controlled) crossing would address this particularly if combined with improved and more visible signage.

This part of the road is a red route and so controlled by TFL. The issues have been highlighted to them before and an improvement plan has been under review for a considerable period of time.

The objective of this petition is to highlight the many horror stories from this road and to make it absolutely clear that we cannot wait any longer for action to be taken. We need short term tactical actions like the conversion of this crossing put in place NOW before the inevitable fatality occurs

Please support this petition . Zac Goldsmith has already let TFL know that we are starting this campaign so every signature counts.


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