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December 18, 2022

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has pledged to give an answer before Christmas on whether a pedestrian phase could be introduced at a busy road crossing in Chiswick.

Currently, there is no provision for pedestrians crossing the A316 at the junction of Hartington Road despite it being a key point for people from the area to access the river and sporting facilities in the area.

The issue was raised at Mayor’s Question Time on Thursday 15 December by Local Conservative Greater London Assembly member Nick Rogers. He asked the Mayor whether he could look at the issue in the spirit of seasonal goodwill.

He pointed out the Mayor that his Vision Zero programme, which aims to totally eradicate deaths on London’s roads, commits him to pedestrian crossings at junctions that are lacking them.

He added, “In recent weeks I’ve had a number of residents and councillors come to me from Chiswick to raise the issue of the junction of the junction of Hartington Road and the A316 which is an incredibly busy junction.

“There are pedestrian crossing points but they are unsignalled.”

He pointed out to the Mayor that during recently utility works near the junction, temporary signals were put in place which did have a pedestrian phase but, after the project was completed, the crossing reverted to the previous, less safe, configuration.

The Mayor replied that he was not familiar with the specifics of the junction but that he regarded the matter as very important and would revert to Mr Rogers with a response before Christmas.

The road is managed by Transport for London and we asked them for a comment on the request but have yet to receive a response.

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