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Val Shawcross (right), ASSA member Emma Francis and children check out the traffic on Clapham Road

Whatever your feelings about the new Tesco Express at the old Freeman site on Clapham Road, the fact is that it is up and running. That – plus the welcome new cut-through between Clapham Road and Durand School/Horizons in Liberty Street – means that there are more people then ever, including many children, crossing the Clapham Road just south of the entrance to Albert Square.

The big problem is that we have no controlled road crossing there – even though we were promised this as part of the redevelopment plans that have brought hundreds of new residents to the site. It seems that Transport for London has ditched (without consultation) the planned crossing just to ‘keep traffic moving’.

But local residents believe that road safety – of pedestrians, car and commercial vehicle users and bus passengers and drivers – is more important than increasing the speed of passing traffic. That’s why residents’ associations on both sides of Clapham Road, representing the Albert Square and St Stephen’s conservation area and Durand Gardens, have come together to launch a joint petition to Transport for London calling on TfL to install a pelican crossing on the Clapham Road.

Without a proper crossing we believe there is an imminent risk of an accident.

You can sign the petition online at: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/claphamroadcrossing

You can also support the campaign by writing individual letters to Transport for London at:
4th Floor, Zone Y4, 14 Pier Walk, North Greenwich, London SE10 0ES – enquire@tfl.gov.uk

Please also send copies to the Mayor, Boris Johnson – mayor@london.gov.uk

and Caroline Pidgeon, chair of the Transport Committee – caroline.pidgeon@london.gov.uk

and Val Shawcross, deputy chair of the Transport Committee – valerie.shawcross@london.gov.uk (see Val’s story about the crossing here)

Don’t forget, there is an election for London Mayor in May – so we need to make sure that safe roads are on the agenda.

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