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Six Havering pedestrian crossings not safe enough, say Lib Dems

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 January 2012

Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem)-transport

Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem)-transport

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»Six pedestrian crossings are not safe enough for all residents in Havering – according to a survey by the London Assembly Liberal Democrat group.

Havering has four pedestrian crossings which are inaccessible to blind and partially sighted people as they have no tactile rotating cones and/or sound.

The four are located on Abbs Cross Lane/Hornchurch Road/High Street, Hornchurch, Rom Valley Way/Rush Green Road (Roneo Corner), Oldchurch Road/Thurloe Gardens/South Street, Romford and the A12 at Colchester Road/Whitelands Way.

There are also two which fail national safety standards by not allowing people the minimum amount of time required to cross a road.

These are at Eastern Avenue/North Street/Havering Road, Romford and on the A12 Colchester Road/Whitelands Way.

LibDem assembly member Caroline Pidgeon, said: “It is a total disgrace that London has so many pedestrian crossings which are inaccessible for blind and partially sighted people or fail to give enough time for pedestrians to safely cross the road.

“The Mayor of London has had plenty of time to make sure every Transport for London (TfL) pedestrian crossing is safe and accessible, but he has completely failed to do so.”

Garrett Emmerson, chief operating officer for surface transport at TfL, said: ‘The safety of all pedestrians is of the utmost importance to TfL and all the sites provide a safe crossing time for users.

“All crossings are built by TfL to the accessibility standards required at the time of their installation.

“These standards do change over the course of time and we are currently working to upgrade the seven per cent of sites which are not up to date, and will be able to confirm completion date by the end of the year.”

He added that all crossings are safe to use.

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