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Caroline Pidgeon Supports Call for Pedestrian Crossing on Copers Cope Road

Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of London Assembly Transport Committee, has declared her support for a local resident's campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Copers Cope Road.

Local campaigner Rich Wilsher met the Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly on Wednesday 22 February and explained the reasons why so many residents feel that the crossing is essential for the safety of pedestrians. "The crossing point on Copers Cope Road by New Beckenham station is a natural pinch point. Not only are thousands of commuters using the station daily, but because we have the only pedestrian subway between Beckenham and Sydenham located here, it means that hundreds of schoolchildren travelling to Worsley Bridge Primary and Harris Academy all cross at the same place. Added to that there are several nurseries and care homes nearby, so parents struggling with buggies and elderly and disabled residents are all trying to cross at this highly dangerous location."

Caroline Pidgeon said, "I have been campaigning for road safety for 10 years; there is a clear need for a crossing at this junction and it is time for Bromley Council to listen and act before a serious injury occurs on this dangerous road."

So far Bromley Council have refused to consider the crossing, stating various reasons including the lack of serious accidents in the area, and low traffic and pedestrian volumes. Wilsher said, "we have conducted our own analysis of traffic and pedestrian flows, and they beat the Transport for London minimum requirement for a crossing by 20%. It's not even close." He added, "local residents don't want to wait for a serious accident to occur before the council take action - we've already seen the tragic consequences of that policy only 400 metres up the road. The time to act is now".

A petition calling for Bromley to install a crossing at the site has already attracted more than 1,000 signatures and will be presented to the council on March 1st.