Islington Tribune - by PETER GRUNER Published: 18 July 2008
Campaigner Bridget Fox at the crossing
Pedestrians’ dash to safety at ‘nightmare’ crossing
PEDESTRIANS are to have their say on the future of the Angel’s “blackspot” pedestrian crossing.
The consultation exercise launched by Transport for London follows a campaign by Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Bridget Fox, who has warned that people take their life in their hands every time they cross Upper Street opposite Angel Tube station.
Ms Fox began her campaign against the crossing as a Lib Dem councillor and deputy leader on Islington Council in 2004.
She said: “The current crossing takes in traffic not just from Upper Street both ways but also from Liverpool Road. That’s why it is so dangerous and people have to run to get across.”
Ms Fox is calling for the crossing to be re-positioned beyond Liverpool Road.
“Everyone who knows the Angel, knows this crossing is a nightmare,” she said. “The wait between crossing times is too long, the pedestrian island is too small, the railings are dangerous for cyclists, and vehicles are still passing when the green man comes on.
“We now have the chance to get a better crossing. Please look out for the consultation forms and have your say.”
I agree entirely. But the traffic island in the middle would be much safer if it wasn't constantly blocked by cyclists not oberying the rules of the road. Sandra Jackson