Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting June 2008

Sadiq_Khan_MP_at_Sellingcourt_PrimarySadiq Khan MP has been working hard to prevent tragedy at local schools in Tooting, London.

Alerted to shocking safety issues by concerned teachers and parents, Sadiq has successfully persuaded the council into making significant improvements to the roads around four primary schools - Furzedown Primary, Sellingcourt Primary, Fircroft Primary and Gatton Primary.

Following a series of serious crashes on Southcroft Road, near Furzedown Primary School, Sadiq and local councillors organised a petition signed by more than 1800 residents, in order to lobby the Council to improve road safety in the area.

In response to the petition, the Council has announced that they will completely revise traffic calming measures on Southcroft Road. These measures include two new speed cushions, a new zebra crossing and anti-skid surfacing near Furzedown School. These changes should improve road safety for pupils travelling to and from the school.

Sadiq has also successfully lobbied the council to improve the roads around Sellincourt Primary School and Fircroft Primary. Parents and teachers at both schools were concerned that drivers were performing dangerous manoeuvres outside their schools and mounting the road to turn around. They believed it was just a matter of time before a child was seriously hurt.

Sadiq met with parents, teachers and pupils at the schools to discuss the problems and promptly lobbied the Council for improvements. The Council has now erected bollards at the sites to stop drivers mounting the pavement, along with signs to alert drivers to the location of the schools. Fircroft Primary now also benefits from a crossing officer who assists children as they cross the busy junction.

At the fourth school, Gatton Primary, Sadiq has initiated major changes to road systems near Gatton Primary following concerns that parking outside the school was reducing visibility for pedestrians. The council introduced a one way system and established a new crossing ? complete with a crossing officer - to ensure children can reach school safely.

LocalSafer Neighbourhood Teams now also patrol the school routes at the beginning and end of the day in order to educate drivers about the risks illegal parking pose to child pedestrians.

Sadiq says, “I have been really impressed by the work Brake do in making our streets safer. Unfortunately, we have had tragic cases in my constituency where schoolchildren have been killed or injured as a result of being hit by cars on our roads. These are all preventable. As part of my campaign I invited schools to join Brake’s ‘Walking Bus Challenge’ which encourages children to walk to school. I am pleased that more and more residents in Tooting are choosing to walk, but our streets must be safe for them to use.”

If you know of a dangerous road in your area, call Brake’s Zak the zebra hotline on 08000 68 77 80 or report the road online, and Brake could help you campaign for road safety improvements.

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