The informal crossing point at 1 Hackbridge Road, near Hackbridge Primary School, is being replaced with a zebra crossing as part of a Sutton Council consultation on other road crossing sites in the area.
Sutton Council is to start work on a zebra crossing on Hackbridge Road and is asking Hackbridge residents about other road crossings at key areas in the town centre.
The council is now consulting with Hackbridge residents on other possible sites for zebra crossings in the area. This follows concerns by residents that the informal crossings introduced last year as part of the Heart of Hackbridge scheme are confusing for some motorists and pedestrians. Disability groups have also raised a number of concerns about the informal crossings.
As a result, the council is reinstalling a zebra crossing on Hackbridge Road and consulting on options for other road crossings. Four layout designs have been created by working alongside community groups including Hackbridge Primary School, the Beddington and Hackbridge Neighbourhood Group, Hackbridge Safety First, local traders, Sutton Police, London Buses and Sutton Vision.
The four options are:
A zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road only, to be installed shortly.
The zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road and a second zebra crossing at 156 London Road (William Hill Bookmakers), in place of the informal crossing.
The zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road and a second zebra crossing at 25 London Road (in front of the hair salon), in place of the informal crossing.
The zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road and a second zebra crossing at 146 London Road (near the fish and chip shop).
The replacement of informal crossings on London Road will require the loss of a number of parking bays and are set out in detail in the consultation leaflet.
The four designs have been Road Safety audited and the reports can be read by clicking here.
The original scheme was funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and was led by the Hackbridge Development Group in partnership with Sutton Council and the local community. There is some contingency funding left to pay for work coming out of this consultation.
In addition, traffic signals are also to be introduced on London Road at the Felnex and Hackbridge Station junction by the developers of the Felnex trading estate independently of the council. This will provide a fully signal-controlled pedestrian crossing.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:
“A number of Hackbridge residents have said they want changes made to the road crossings. We have listened to their concerns and are doing something about them.
“We appreciate that people want changes made quickly, so we are starting work on the zebra crossing at 1 Hackbridge Road in order to have it ready in December, weather permitting.
“We are also inviting Hackbridge residents to say which of the four options they prefer. These have been drawn up with the assistance of community groups and accessibility groups such as Sutton Vision to ensure that their concerns are fully addressed.”
An independent user survey earlier this year found that 83 per cent of those surveyed believed the Heart of Hackbridge project had improved their perception of the area. However, as some concerns about the new road layout were raised by residents and in highways safety audits, Sutton Council then gathered evidence through a further Road Safety Audit and an Accessibility Audit. These recommended that controlled – zebra – crossings be put at key locations and the removal of the informal crossing closest to the roundabout on London Road immediately to the south of the roundabout.
Hackbridge residents can tell Sutton Council which road crossing option they prefer by visiting CROSSING . Alternatively, they can either fill in the consultation form and place it in the ballot box at Sainsbury’s on Hackbridge Road or put it in an envelope and post it to:
London Borough of Sutton,
St Nicholas Way,
Sutton SM1 2EA
The consultation is open until Friday 18 December 2015.