Image above: although there are pedestrian crossing points there is no pedestrian signalling infrastructure
Engineers to carry out assessment of site in ‘important progress’
Transport for London have confirmed “important progress” on plans for an improved pedestrian crossing at the junction of Hartington Road and the A316, after pressure from local residents and politicians.
Conservative London Assembly Member for South West London, Nick Rogers, and Chiswick Homefields Councillor Jack Emsley have led the calls for a new pedestrian crossing at the junction after listening to concerns of residents. They say “important progress” has now been made as TfL have agreed to conduct an engineering assessment of the site.
Following concerns from a number of residents at the lack of pedestrian crossing lights at the junction, Cllr Emsley worked with Mr Rogers to bring the issue to the attention of TfL with a view to implementing crossing lights to make the junction safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Nick Rogers raised the issue at December’s Mayor’s Question Time, where he secured a promise from Sadiq Khan to look into the possibility of a safer pedestrian crossing.
The deputy mayor for transport confirmed that TfL had identified at least two areas where changes to the junction could be made to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, including widening the pedestrian refuge island and implementing signals at the corners of the junction.
TfL say they are aiming to complete initial plans for the junction by the end of the current financial year, which can then be used to prioritise the site for funding to develop the design further, and undertake modelling as required from the next financial year beginning in April.
Image above: Cllr Jack Emsley and SW London AM Nick Rogers
Decision “a good win” for residents
“This is a good win for residents in Chiswick who want to be able to cross at the junction between Hartington Road and the A316 safely, whether on foot or by bike,” said Assembly Member Nick Rogers.
“This is an incredibly busy junction, and I’m glad that months of lobbying TfL and the mayor of London have paid off and that we have been able to secure this important step towards a safer crossing.”
“It’s fantastic news that we’ve been able to secure the first steps towards a safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at the Hartington Road/A316 junction,” said Cllr Emsley.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Nick for his hard work in lobbying both TfL and the mayor of London on behalf of Chiswick residents to make this important upgrade. I’m looking forward to seeing the plans for the junction in the coming months!”
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