Richmond Circus: Lib Dems win change to pedestrian crossing

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Liberal Democrat campaigners in Richmond have been successful in changing the pedestrian crossing timings at the Richmond Circus junction.

Local residents contacted the Lib Dems about a crossing at the A316 (where it becomes Kew Road) which left some pedestrians stranded in the middle island for unacceptable lengths of time. The temptation to avoid the wait and cross against the flow of traffic had become a concern.

Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner for Richmond Park said: "I worked with the Lib Dem team in North Richmond ward to raise the issue with Caroline Pidgeon, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly. Ms Pidgeon brought Transport for London (TfL) to Richmond to visit the site and they agreed new timings for the pedestrian crossing.

"The new timing arrangement is now being phased in over the next month."

Liberal Democrat campaigner Emily Ward, pictured here with Robin and London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, said:

"These signalling arrangements now allow pedestrians time to cross from the A316 towards Richmond station without being stranded on the middle island for so long. Requests had been made in the past to no avail. Persistence and the help of local residents meant that we were able to get TfL to implement the changes after testing out the timings and impacts on the traffic."