Tom Brake welcomes resolution of Hackbridge crossing issue

Tom Brake MP has welcome Sutton Council’s decision to remove the informal crossing arrangement in Hackbridge.  

The Heart of Hackbridge scheme has undergone its third safety audit and, as promised, the council has agreed to make 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. 

The audit 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 Tom said: “I’m pleased to see that the Council is delivering on its 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 have the opportunity to use more traditional crossings.”

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