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Campaign for safer roads at Elephant & Castle

More than 350 people have signed a petition calling on Transport for London to improve road safety at the Elephant & Castle.

Campaign for safer roads at Elephant & Castle

Southwark Living Streets, in collaboration with other local groups, has launched the petition which urges TfL to introduce enforced 20 mph speed limits around the Elephant, improve cycle safety on the northern roundabout, create more pedestrian crossings and reduce the width of the carriageways on St George's Road and Newington Causeway.

Local parents have also also launched an SE1 Safe Roads campaign on Facebook.

The question of road safety at the Elephant has been highlighted by the death last month of 5-year-old Hichame Bouadimi on St George's Road.

Southwark Living Streets claims that in the past two and a half years almost 300 people have been killed and injured on the roads in and around the Elephant & Castle and four pedestrians have died since Christmas 2011. Further details are available in a report published on the group's website.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson recently promised "initial improvements" to the Elephant & Castle northern roundabout during the 2013/14 financial year.

Last year the Mayor attracted the wrath of transport campaigners when he said that the Elephant gyratory was "perfectly negotiable" for cyclists – despite the fact that more road users are injured at the junction than at any other location in London.

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