A father-of-one has launched for safer pedestrian crossings at three busy junctions on the High Street in Feltham.

Concerned Oskar Lyjak, of Berberis House, Highfield Road, has created an online petition and started a Facebook page titled 'Safer pedestrians in Feltham' to raise awareness of the need for traffic lights to aid safe crossing.

A trio of the most dangerous areas with high car usage have been pinpointed; the crossing between McDonald's and New Look; the crossroad between Hanworth Road and Feltham railway station; and the intersections between Feltham Pond, The Red Lion pub and Barclays Bank.

Feltham residents launch petition for safer pedestrian crossing through installing traffic lights in Feltham Pictured here: The crossings between Feltham Pond, The Red Lion pub and Barclays Bank
 

These areas are buzzing with people due to the schools, nurseries, supermarkets, pubs, the shopping centre and buses and the train station.

Mr Lyjak, 34, who has a three-year-old son Aleksander, said: "I struggle each and every day when I use the crossings.

"I'm not the only and it needs to be addressed especially for the safety of kids and elderly people.

"As a pedestrian having no traffic lights or a zebra crossing is quite dangerous.

"Many of us, our friends and relatives are rushing around every day, trying not to get hit by a car, van or a lorry."

The petition went live on Monday, June 23, and has received backing from The Red Lion pub and Reach Academy, to get traffic lights installed at the named junctions.

Principal of Reach Academy, Ed Vainker, said the school supported the petition as the state of road crossings in Feltham town centre are dangerous.

Mr Vainker added: The state of road crossings in the whole of Feltham must be dealt with.

"We have written to Transport for London and Hounslow council and spoken to the Mayor about the crossing from the station to Hanworth Road.

"For us as a school we are moving into a new building so it's less of a priority.

"The other crossing we have written about (to Hounslow Highways) is at Browell's Lane and we are hoping to put a traffic light there.

"If you are at these crossings in the mornings or around 3/3.30pm the schools - Cardinal Road, Reach Academy, St Lawrence's and Feltham Community College- there are children who are travelling across to get to the other side and parents collecting kids - it's really problematic.

"I think it will be a real challenge but we fully support it."

While some of the areas, namely around the station, come under the remit of Transport for London, the remaining come under the local authority.

Feltham residents launch petition for safer pedestrian crossing through installing traffic lights in Feltham Pictured here: The Hanworth Road crossing near Feltham Train Station
 

Agnieszka Lipka of Berberis House in Feltham who successfully campaigned for the £100,000 renovation of Feltham Park , and concerned mother-of-two who has backed the campaign, said: "The junctions are heavily used by vehicles coming off the roads at speed and causing uncertainty for people crossing the road, especially as the junctions are in very close proximity to primary local schools.

"In the mornings, when I take my daughter to St. Lawrence Primary School, there can sometimes be in excess of five families waiting to cross the road so can be heavily clustered on the pavement.

"It would not take much for a child/adult to stumble and accidently push someone into the road. This junction is an accident waiting to happen.

"I feel that it is unreasonable for residents to be fearful of a road that we all must use and cross with such regularity with no traffic calming or pedestrian lights in place."

A council spokesman said: “A pedestrian crossing for the Hounslow Road and Hanworth Road junction (Feltham Station) was approved by the Area Forum in April, and we are currently working on the detailed design and hope to start work on this during this financial year.

“We are aware of the concerns about the lack of controlled pedestrian crossings at the High Street and Browells Lane junction, and we are looking at the possibility of providing additional crossings at this junction.

“We are also reviewing the rest of the High Street between these two junctions to make improvements for all road users, but specifically targeting improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.”

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In a similar call to the council, five Chiswick schools and parents started a campaign for safer routes to school for walkers, cyclists and scooters.