Campaign for pedestrian crossing in busy Highgate road to continue

Campaigners will continue to fight for a pedestrian crossing at a busy junction despite there being only five collisions there in the last five years.

Parents behind the North Hill Nightmare campaign want Haringey Council to install a pelican crossing at the junction with Church Road and View Road, near Highgate Primary School, before, they fear, a pedestrian is seriously hurt or killed.

But a Freedom of Information request showed that none of the collisions in the last five years involved a pedestrian.

Parent governor Charley Allan, who launched a petition, said the council should not wait before they take action.

In July last year, 80-year-old grandmother Margaret Burn was seriously injured at the junction with Storey Road, where the school is located, after a cyclist pedalled through a red light.

Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr John Bevan, said: “We understand the parents’ concerns, which is why our Smarter Travel Team is committed to working with the school to raise awareness of road safety and look at other ways to encourage drivers to slow down. The cost of installing a crossing is up to £120,000.”