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Protest at 'unsafe' repaving work

Sloane Square
The kerb has been removed to create a shared area

Campaigners have protested at repaving work outside Sloane Square Tube station in west London which they claim has compromised safety.

Kensington and Chelsea Council repaved 350 sqm (3,767 sqft) allowing cars and pedestrians shared access to the area.

West London Residents Association (WLRA) said a lack of a defined pavement compromised safety, especially for the visually impaired and children.

The council said similar schemes had not resulted in any accidents.

The protest by WLRA had been be joined by Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Taxpayers Alliance.

In busy periods about 3,500 pedestrians cross the area every hour, with 350 vehicles travelling one-way.

The council spent 300,000 repaving the area which was unveiled earlier this year.

Kerb-free road

A council spokesman, said: "Wrights Lane and Campden Hill Road, off Kensington High Street are very similar in concept and design and no accidents have been reported in the last three years, despite a larger volume of traffic including coaches.

"Our monitoring shows that the junction is working well with most drivers slowing down and giving way to pedestrians who are no longer bunched up on a crowded pavement outside Sloane Square Tube station."

But Dr Gordon Taylor, chairman of West London Residents Association, said he has received "hundreds of complaints" and an "accident is waiting to happen".

"Taxis and cars whiz by, almost on people's toes.

"With no kerb or tactile paving to help them this is a very dangerous area for blind, partially sighted and other disabled people. Children and elderly are also at risk.

"If people can't tell where the pavement ends and the road begins how can they feel safe."

A shared road is suitable for 20 speed-limit zones with light traffic, he added.

There will be a further safety review of the scheme in early March, the council said.

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