A PETITION calling for a fence along the busy A4 to keep children safe has been accepted by the Mayor of London.
The presentation of the 223 signature petitionat City Hall at the end of July, marks a four month battle by concerned Chiswick parents worried about their children getting hit by fast moving cars whipping along the A4 by the grass verge.
Argyro Kyriakidou Wilson, mother of a four-year-old at Grove Park Primary, enlisted the help of London wide Labour GLA member, Murad Qureshi, after getting increasingly concerned about the lack of a railing to protect young school children who now have to walk by the busy A-road to go through a subway after Hounslow school catchment areas changed.
They are hoping car giant Porsche will include funding for the railing as part of it application for planning permission to turn the dilapidated Old Dairy Farm site opposite their existing building into a three storey after sales facility.
Despite calls for the case - which is backed by hundreds of fellow parents - to be heard by local government discussion panel, the Chiswick area forum, Hounslow councillors have never put forward the issue in any of these meetings.
The forum has now been leapfrogged after Mr Qureshi handed the petition to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has accepted it on behalf of Transport for London, who run the A4.
Mr Qureshi, said: "The ball is now firmly in the Mayor and TFL's court but I have high hopes that we will get a response by the end of the summer. Hopefully they'll realise this is a part of the A4 which has been neglected so will come up with a solution quickly."
Mrs Kyriakidou Wilson, added that she too is hoping TfL will now look into this with the level of gravity it deserves. She said: "It's an issue which concerns many parents and needs to be addressed, despite Hounslow Council and the Chiswick Area Forum not looking into it."
Following a request from Mr Qureshi for TfL to clean up and install cycle barriers in the subway which the children have to pass through to get to school, he has received confirmation that these changes will be completed by September.
He added: "I'm hoping TfL will deal with the railing in the same manner and will realise they have neglected this section of the A4, so will fix it promptly."