A40 Footbridge, Perryn Road

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0237
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Peter Hendy's answer to my question, 445/2006, completely ignored the fact that more fatalities occur at surface crossings than footbridges. Given your enthusiastic commitment to road safety, why are you allowing a scheme to go ahead which will in all probability (according to TfL's own statistics) increase fatalities?

Answer

Answer for A40 Footbridge, Perryn Road

Answer for A40 Footbridge, Perryn Road

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The proposed crossing arrangement of the A40 has been subject to safety audits and all points raised by the auditors have been addressed.At consultation, the majority view favoured replacement of the footbridge with a surface level crossing. Nevertheless, TfL is aware that some concerns remain that the removal of the substandard footbridge will lead to safety problems at the new crossing. In recognition of this, TfL is undertaking a further review of the proposed crossing arrangements and of any practical alternatives. This is to both confirm the optimal arrangement and to endeavour to provide comfort to those in the local community who remain concerned.As is the case in any road improvement scheme, a balance must be struck in providing for competing demands of road users in a way that seeks to minimise delay and inconvenience while maintaining safety. In so doing, designers must be mindful of the need to achieve an arrangement that reduces risk to road users to as low as reasonably practicable. Designs are subject to independent safety audits to assure this.