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600 demand Kent Elms crossing
MORE than 600 people have signed a petition for a pedestrian crossing to be built across one of the busiest junctions in Southend.
Campaigners want the crossing put in at the Kent Elms junction, in Eastwood, so people with mobility problems can reach the GP surgery, library, pharmacy and schools on the north of the crossroads.
A footbridge over the junction of the A127 and Rayleigh Road is unsuitable for parents with pushchairs, people in wheelchairs and those in mobility scooters as although it has a sloped ramp, it also has steps leading up and over the road.
Philip Lilley, chairman of the Mendip and Treecot Residents’ Association, which organised the petition, fears someone could be killed if a crossing is not put in.
He said: “It shows literally hundreds of people want it. It’s not only the disabled and young mothers, it’s the children going across to the schools.
“They run across the road in front of traffic. Someone is going to be killed.”
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