MP petitions Croydon Council to save lives

February 25, 2011 10:43 AM

Local MP Tom Brake has started a petition urging authorities in Croydon to install a pedestrian crossing on Foxley Lane. It is hoped that the proposed crossing, which would be installed on the busy junction with Peaks Hill Rise, would ensure a safe crossing for the hundreds of students from The John Fisher School who cross this dangerous road each day.

Tom said: "This busy junction is crossed by large numbers of people each and every day. As it stands, they do so at great risk. This simple crossing will go far in helping ensure their safety."

The road is notoriously busy and dangerous for pedestrians. A sixteen year old man was killed while trying to cross in September 2004, and both Tom and the school are keen to ensure that a similar incident does not happen again.

The school's headmaster Mark Scully said the crossing would save lives. He said: "We have been trying for a number of years to have a crossing installed. The majority of boys attending the school need to cross this busy road, and it is dangerous. Though there is a crossing attendant and teachers marshall the boys at the bus stops there have been a significant number of near misses. We must have a crossing to prevent fatalities. We just cannot sit by and let that happen."

Tom continued: "We want to make sure that this road does not claim any more lives. One is already too many. I hope that the petition will encourage the London Borough of Croydon to act before it is too late."

To sign the petition, visit the petitions' section on Tom's website.

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