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Campaign action tackles dangerous Streatham road crossing

The Streatham Back on Track campaign has helped achieve progress on long running calls for a safe pedestrian crossing at a dangerous Streatham junction, with Transport for London (TfL) agreeing to work on a solution.

The busy St Leonard’s junction on Streatham High Road has seen many accidents in recent years, with no appropriate pedestrian crossing on the A23.

Streatham Back on Track campaign was put together in response to the area being overlooked in a number of transport initiatives in recent years. Residents and councillors have long campaigned for a safe, signalised crossing to be installed, and have highlighted their concerns with TfL.

Following a public meeting at the start of the year residents were polled on their biggest concerns, with the ‘Call upon Transport for London to make immediate improvements to the St Leonard’s Road junction’ backed as their second highest priority for the area.

TfL officers have now agreed to model options for a new pedestrian crossing just south of the junction, adjacent with Streatham Green.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, who has been campaigning for a crossing, said: “This is a really encouraging development and I welcome TfL’s engagement on this issue.

“The dangerous situation of crossing the road on this stretch of the A23 has gone on for too long, with too many people risking their lives on a daily basis.

“Pedestrians and cyclists are our priority when it comes to road users in Lambeth and this will hopefully create a much safer environment in Streatham.”

TfL officers had initially been reluctant to install a timed pedestrian crossing at St Leonard’s Junction, concerned that it would increase vehicle journey times and stationary traffic.

However, having been further urged by ward councillors and Lambeth council highways officers, three options have been discussed for a crossing to the south of the junction on the A23.

The final modelling for these options will be presented on Saturday November 21 at a public exhibition (location TBC).

For more information on the Streatham back on Track campaign, visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/streathamtransport

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