Thanks again to everyone who has signed this petition. I've now met with another local activist involved in the Drakefell Road Action Group that has been lobbying Lewisham Council for traffic calming measures for around 4 years now. They have been promised a meeting with councillors and officers soon, and by joining forces we can make our case even stronger! More details to follow - kind regards, Rob
To: Lewisham Council
Pedestrian crossing on Drakefell Road
Install a pedestrian crossing linking the entrance to Telegraph Hill with Aspinall Road footbridge and cycle route
Why is this important?
Telegraph Hill is a fantastic community park for people of all ages, including children. The upper park is accessed from Kitto Road to the north and Drakefell Road to the south. Drakefell Road is a heavy commuter route, and already has some traffic calming measures including road narrowing and speed humps. However, none of these are aligned with the entrance to the park which is opposite Aspinall Road continuing a footbridge over the railway line for pedestrians and cyclists. Cars still reach significant speeds and parking makes visibility from the kerb tricky for crossing, especially for children. Drakefell Road is therefore a significant barrier to a pleasant car free route that links St Asaphs Road to the south with Arbuthnot Road to the north. Signage identifies this as part of the London Cycle network linking Surrey Queays and New Cross Gate to the north with Crystal Palace and Honor Oak to the south. Installing a pedestrian crossing, whether pelican crossing or even just a traffic island would facilitate access to the park for people of all ages, and encourage non vehicular journeys between New Cross and Honor Oak. Potentially this could replace the width restriction / fire engine gate further to the east.