Petition to address traffic issues after boy, 5, hit by motorbike

By Joe Coughlan, Local Democracy Reporter

A Greenwich road where a five year old boy was hit by a motorcycle will see a set of traffic calming measures added to it.

Greenwich council has received a petition to address traffic issues in Kidbrooke Park Road, which a councillor said was one of the ‘most dangerous’ roads in the borough.

The petition, which received 566 signatures, asks for the council to add a 20mph speed limit outside Thomas Tallis School.

The petition said: “The excessive speeds at which some vehicles pass by is alarming and makes us fear for children’s safety.

“The proximity of Kidbrooke Park Road to Thomas Tallis School means that hundreds of pupils must navigate this hazardous route each day.”

The petition was sent after a five year old boy was hospitalised from a collision with a motorbike on the road in October. The incident happened at the road’s junction with Peglar Road.

The proposal was discussed at a committee meeting on February 7.  At the meeting Labour Councillor Rachel Taggart-Ryan said: “If you take the data for the last five years, Kidbrooke Park Road has contributed 16 per cent of all fatalities on the roads in this borough. This is one of the most dangerous roads in this borough.”

Council officers said in their report that developer funding had been secured to add a formal pedestrian crossing outside the school by September this year.

The committee agreed to suggest a 20mph speed limit be added to the whole length of the road during the current financial year. The recommendations will be passed on to the cabinet member for transport to discuss with council officers.

Pictured top: Kidbrooke Park Road, which will see a set of traffic calming measures added to it (Picture: Google Street View)

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