Local residents’ have long been concerned about levels of traffic at the Thrale Road roundabout, and the lack of a crossing over such a busy road to reach Tooting Bec Common.
As the local MP, Sadiq Khan listened to those concerns and since 2006, has led the campaign for a safe crossing at the site.
Alongside local Councillors, Cllr John Farebrother, Cllr Mark Thomas and Cllr Leonie Cooper, Sadiq collected hundreds of signatures for a petition to install a safe crossing, which was handed to the Council in 2006.
In 2007 the Wandsworth Council rejected the call for a crossing on this dangerous road, but Sadiq and local Labour councillors continued the campaign on behalf of local residents.
7 years after the campaign began, Wandsworth Council have now finally announced that work is due to begin on the crossing on the week commencing 18th March. This will involve the installation of a zebra crossing on Furzedown Road, approximately 10 metres west of the junction with Thrale Road. It is estimated that the work will be completed in approximately 3 weeks.
The Council are warning local residents that Furzedown Road will be closed during certain phases of the work, between the junctions with Thrale Road and Clairview Road.
Local MP Sadiq Khan said:
“I have seen firsthand how urgently a crossing was needed here, as children and other pedestrians had to dodge traffic to reach the Common. This has been a problem for years and now people will finally be able to cross the road safely.
“As the local MP I have been calling for this crossing since 2006 and the Council have dragged their heels at every step, but we are finally to get a safe crossing at the Thrale Road roundabout.
“This great news just goes to show that when a community campaigns together, alongside local Councillors and the MP, and really perseveres, Tooting can become a safer place for everyone.”
Judi Gasser, a local parent said:
“As a mother of small children I was worried about the level of traffic around the Thrale Road roundabout and supported this campaign from the beginning back in 2006. Thanks to the determination of our local MP and councillors I am delighted that we will finally have this crossing.”