Green light for pedestrians as Lido Junction made safer

Cabinet member for transport and environment, Cllr Bassam Mahfouz with children, parents and the deputy headteacher of St John’s Primary School

Families and teachers from St John’s Primary School are among those celebrating the introduction of traffic signals to make crossing a West Ealing junction safer.

Green man pedestrian crossings have been installed on all arms of Lido Junction where Uxbridge Road meets with Northfield Avenue and Drayton Green Road.

The council worked with Transport for London (TfL) to make the junction, which had the highest pedestrian accident rate in the borough, safer without having a significant impact on traffic flow.  Changes were also made to parking restrictions near the junction and a bus stop was moved on Drayton Green Road to improve traffic flow.

St John’s School previously added its voice for calls to make the junction safer for families to use. Deputy headteacher Vanda Hingle said the school is “delighted that this crossing has been improved.”

Elda Cardoso, mum of two children at St John’s Primary School in Felix Road used to go out of her way to use a crossing further along Uxbridge Road because she was so worried about crossing at the junction.

She said: “It was not safe and was really frightening to use because there was never time to get across. When my daughter was a baby I got stuck in the middle of the road with her pram and was very scared.”

Tahir Malik, father of three said: “It was very dangerous to cross there with children and I’m really glad that changes have been
made.”

The introduction of crossings was given the thumbs up by 90% of residents who took part in a consultation before the work began.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said: “I am delighted that after a long campaign to persuade Transport for London to approve the changes, we finally have somewhere safer to cross at Lido Junction. This will make a big difference to the lives of West Ealing residents and I want to thank them for their support and patience.”