The Heart of Hackbridge scheme has undergone its third safety audit and, as promised, the council will be making changes to the TfL sponsored scheme. The changes will be based on the audit’s recommendations as well as the opinions of local residents who use the roads and footpaths every day. Changes will affect the controversial courtesy crossing near the London Road roundabout.
The audit has recommended some key changes to TfL’s Heart of Hackbridge scheme. This includes the scrapping of the informal courtesy crossing on London Road near the roundabout and replacing it with more familiar and traditional zebra or push-button crossings.
Changes will also help to improve the drainage on the Mile Road/London Road junction where the runoff is being inadequately cleared and puddles remain on the roadside.
Commenting on the recommendations of the third safety audit
“I’m happy to see that the Council are delivering on their promise about listening to local residents and the recommendations from the third safety audit and will be getting rid of the informal crossing in the heart of Hackbridge.
“My simulation as someone with a visual impairment, crossing the informal crossing, organised by Sutton Vision, was frightening and disorienting. I’m happy to know that people will feel safer when crossing the road as they will be using more traditional crossings.”