Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has pledged his support to a campaign for a new pedestrian crossing outside St Boniface’s church on Mitcham Road.
Father Ernest Bonvini started the petition with parishioners, retailers and local residents, after, John Chivers, 84, was hit by a bus and killed outside the church in November last year as he attempted to cross the road to attend a service at the church.
The petition now has almost 1000 signatures, was officially handed over to Sadiq Khan MP Wandsworth Council by campaigners on Friday 15th January.
The accident follows a series of serious incidents on the same stretch of road leading up to Amen Corner.
In the three years up to December 2008 were 80 road traffic accidents on Mitcham Road in which people were injured, including 19 serious casualties. Almost half the accidents involved pedestrians.
Local residents still feel the road is dangerous, with cars travelling too fast and older people and parents with prams struggling to cross the road.
Sadiq Khan MP said, “Road safety should be our number one priority.
“Far too many people are killed and injured on our roads.
“This particular stretch of Mitcham Road is a potential death trap.
“It is unacceptable that there have been so many serious incidents on this road in recent years.
I know from my own experience that there is very often very difficult for older residents and parents with buggies, to cross this very wide road, with cars racing down this stretch.
“It is important that the Council and TFL work with local residents to make this road much safer.
Nadia Ward, who has assisted Father Bonvini with the petition, said traffic flow and the speed of traffic isn’t the only problem.
She said, “There are two bus stops outside the church, when there used to be only one. TfL need to be included in consultation because the buses are contributing to the problem,”.
She added that “With a new Sainsbury’s ready to open across the road at the end of January, more people are likely to be crossing the road, further adding to the various safety issues.”
Sadiq is backing the petition after continued success with his Safer Streets campaign. Identifying dangerous roads and campaigning for immediate action has led to safety improvements at a number of schools in the area, including Sellincourt Primary School, Gatton School, Fircroft Primary School and Furzedown School.
The Safer Streets campaign has also supported the Nightingale Neighbourhood Association’s traffic safety campaign, which has led to safety improvements around six schools in the area, major changes to the road system around Dalebury Road and Crockerton Road and a full review of safety measures on Nightingale Lane.