Council proposes Village Way refuge island

Campaigners have long argued for safety measures to be introduced on Village Way

Bromley Council is proposing to install a refuge island on Village Way in order to improve pedestrian safety.

The council agreed to reassess pedestrian safety on this busy stretch of road following the death of a motorcyclist in November last year. However local residents and parents of Harris Academy pupils have long been campaigning for measures to be introduced.

Local residents will be consulted about the proposal, with the refuge being proposed near the junction of Whitmore Road, with yellow line restrictions being extended to ensure that parked vehicles do not obstruct passing traffic.

A petition set up by the Bromley Liberal Democrats, which calls on the council to install a safe crossing, has gathered almost 3,000 signatures.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment, said: “We will continue to keep the important matter of road safety in Village Way and other borough roads under close review as I have previously stated.  Statistically in terms of accidents, injuries and speeding, Village Way does not stand out as being a ‘dangerous’ road.

“We have again considered a zebra crossing but again, the volume of pedestrian footfall was not high enough to make it a safe proposition.  Nevertheless, a pedestrian refuge would aid pedestrians looking to cross the road, including school pupils, parents and other pedestrians and could help reduce traffic speeds in the area where most children cross. We will be consulting local people about this.

“If a school wanted to request a school crossing patrol, then they could, we would help them provide one.  We have been in contact with Harris Academy about their school travel plan and a lollipop proposal has not been raised as part of these discussions.”