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A22 crossing has 'made road more dangerous'

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KENLEY parents claim the new crossing on the A22 is pointless and might even have made the road more dangerous.

The crossing was put in by TfL last month after three years of campaigning, which was triggered by an accident on the Godstone Road in 2010.

The group, Kenley Needs A Crossing (KNAC), handed TfL a petition of more than 2,000 signatures, which kick-started a consultation.

At the time, the group asked for either pedestrian traffic lights or a zebra crossing but after months of wrangling, TfL claimed neither would be possible.

Instead, pedestrian islands have been built so that schoolchildren have somewhere to wait in the middle of the road during the rush hour.

However, mothers taking their children to school have complained that the new crossing is waste of time.

Liz Gilkas, who has a child at Roke Primary, said: "We wanted a crossing on Hayes Lane. We all think that it's public money and therefore they should have done what we asked.

"As for the crossing on Godstone Road, why couldn't they have put in a zebra crossing like we asked?"

Tracey Field, who has children at Riddlesdown and Roke, said she was concerned for her older child crossing Godstone Road.

"It's really hazardous. The majority of traffic does not stop or slow down," she said.

"Yes, they have widened the bit on Hayes Lane a bit but cars come zooming up and around the corner and it is still dangerous."

Sharon O'Driscoll said there should be a lollipop lady at the crossing if TfL were not going to provide proper road restrictions.

She added: "I worry about it because of the bus stop just after the crossing – children pile off it and just head across the road without using the new crossing so it's made no difference to safety."

However, local councillor and Greater London Assembly member Steve O'Connell defended the crossing, saying he had not received any complaints and he was convinced the original KNAC group were happy with it.

He said: "I think it's a good scheme and the mothers in the campaign think it is the right facility. It will be tested out as TfL will monitor the success of the crossing."

Lynn Stanley, a member of KNAC, said: "Ultimately, it would have been lovely to have a zebra crossing or lights.

"But TfL made it clear that this was as much as we were going to achieve.

"It's disappointing that people aren't happy with it but we did what we could."

A TfL spokesman said it would be conducting a survey of the crossing to see if any safety concerns raised in the consultation needed to be addressed.

The report is due to be released in the next few weeks.

A22 crossing has 'made road more dangerous'


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