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Tolworth Greenway: Campaigner sets out problems for disabled people
People with disabilities will find it difficult to negotiate the new-look Tolworth Broadway, a campaigner has said.
Consultant Adam Lotun, of Knollmead, who uses a wheelchair, took the Surrey Comet on a tour of the new Greenway, to point out problems he has spotted.
He said he was worried about crossing points with no traffic lights, lack of tactile paving in key places, and the suggestion of cyclists speeding along the green central reservation.
The Greenway was designed to allow people to cross the road “any point they choose”, according to Kingston Council’s website.
The website’s background information continued: “Formal pedestrian crossing points, both signalled and unsignalled, will be provided for those who wish to use them.”
One of the unsignalled crossings, where pedestrians will have to wait for a gap, or for traffic to stop voluntarily.
By way of example, Mr Lotun said he would be unable to see around larger vehicles which stopped to let pedestrians cross at unsignalled points.
He said: "For me the only way to get across is the two ends. There is no way I will use an unmanned crossing."
But of the timed crossing at the end of the Broadway, he said: "The crossing is too long for people who are slow moving."
He is also concerned by the lack of audio confirmation that it is safe to cross at the roundabout end of the road, he said.
Mr Lotun met recently with a council officer to set out his concerns.
As he was speaking to the Comet yesterday morning, a traffic accident occurred in which a woman in her 30s suffered head injuries.
She was thought to have braked to avoid pedestrians crossing the road.
South of the borough neighbourhood committee chairman Councillor Rachel Reid said: "The overall thing is we want the scheme up and running and working for everyone.
"If that is the case with wheelchairs [crossing the road] it is not fulfilling what we wanted.
"We have got the 20 miles-per-hour limit on the Broadway and we have narrowed the two carriageways, so it has got less distance to cross."
The roadworks on the Broadway, which have given drivers headaches since they began in March, are due to finish on Friday.
Parking spaces at the side of the road join directly with the pavement, without tactile paving to allow visually-impaired people to tell the difference easily.
Mr Lotun said tactile paving was also missing from the edge of the central reservation.
Some disabled parking bays are no longer signposted.
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