Objection to removal of safety barrier in Twickenham

Date petition submitted: 
24 July 2013
Petition presented by: 
Stephen Knight (past staff) AM,
Petition presented at: 
London Assembly Plenary

Summary of petition

“We, the undersigned, object to the removal of safety barriers along the A316 at the junction with Meadway, Twickenham. We call upon TfL to: 1. replace the safety barriers, ensuring suitable protection for pedestrians along this stretch of road; and 2. fully consult with local residents on any future proposals.”

Response information

Name of person responding: 
The Mayor
Response date: 
06 September 2013
“Dear Stephen Re: Petition received at the London Assembly (Plenary) Meeting on 24 July 2013 I write in response to Darren Johnson’s Letter of 30 July enclosing a petition you presented to the Assembly meeting of 24 July. I understand that local residents and interested partied, including Cllr Piers Allen, have expressed strong concerns about the removal of the guardrail barriers along the A316 at the junction with Meadway. As you know, TfL is engaged in a programme to reduce the amount of redundant street furniture on the TfL Road Network (TLRN). This is to open up the streetscape to make it a more pleasant environment, and can be achieved through the removal of unnecessary signage, as well as reviewing the need for guardrails along the TLRN. Before a guardrail is removed at a given location, an independent safety assessment is undertaken. This is to make sure that its removal will not be detrimental to pedestrian safety. Such an assessment was carried out for the guardrail along the A316 at the junction with Meadway and no issues were identified. The guardrail was removed as part of a larger subway improvement scheme, following an assault in 2007. The scheme includes improved lighting throughout the subway and a range of treatments to the footpaths and grass verges. However, following the points raised in the petition, I asked TfL to review the case for guardrails at this location and TfL have offered to reinstate the guardrails, with works due to be completed by the end of the summer. Thank you again for bringing this matter to my attention.”