NCR and Brentfield Road Pedestrian Footbridge

MQT on 2009-10-14
Session date: 
October 14, 2009
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following the tragic death of eleven year old Richie McDonagh in December 2008, will the Mayor take action to ensure that a pedestrian footbridge is provided at the junction of the North Circular Road and Brentfield Road?


Answer for NCR and Brentfield Road Pedestrian Footbridge

Answer for NCR and Brentfield Road Pedestrian Footbridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As footbridges and subways can often be inaccessible to disabled or elderly pedestrians, or those with pushchairs and heavy loads, due to steps or long ramps, TfL aims to replace footbridges and subways with surface level crossings wherever possible. Such facilities can also be perceived as unsafe, and as such, pedestrians can be reluctant to use them. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 requires footbridges to be accessible, and long, gradual ramps rather than steps are necessary to ensure this. The installation of the necessary ramps requires the take up of additional land, often only available through Compulsory Purchase Orders, which greatly increases the cost of provision. TfL has no plans to provide a footbridge.

Based on a regular review of accident statistics, TfL analyses areas in London with the highest casualty rates so that action to resolve collision problems can be prioritised according to data held. TfL's London Road Safety Unit investigated the latest accident data relating to this junction following the fatal collision in November 2008. This revealed that for a three year period ending December 2008 there had been only two previous accidents involving injury to a pedestrian.