'Someone's going to die' - warning over Downham wrong way drivers

'Someone's going to die' - warning over Downham wrong way drivers

A photo of two cars nearly crashing on the road

'Someone's going to die' - warning over Downham wrong way drivers

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Someone will die on a Downham road where drivers regularly flout the one way system and driving headlong towards other cars, residents claim.

Around 300 people have signed a petition calling for stronger enforcement of the one way system on Old Bromley Road, with neighbours warning accidents and near misses are an almost daily occurrence.

Childminder Stephanie D'Cruz said she has seen a cyclist get knocked off his bike into a lamp post and recently had two encounters with people driving the wrong way in just 48 hours.

She said: "I was waiting to turn right to go up into Bromley and a car turned left where the sign says no entry and almost drive into me.

"The next day a car decided to do a u-turn and I had to swerve to avoid him coming the wrong way.

"But if you put your window down and say 'you're going the wrong way' you get abuse screamed at you."

She added: "At least once a week a car will almost drive into me."

News Shopper: 'Someone's going to die' - warning over Downham wrong way drivers

Ms D'Cruz said: "I'm really worried a car's going to swerve and they're going to end up hitting a child on the pavement.

"Someone's going to get killed there or seriously hurt and it most probably isn't going to be the driver."

The 56-year-old said the problem has worsened since a McDonald's drive-thru opened on the road, and believes a CCTV camera and clear markings on the road surface will help prevent further accidents.

Julia Fletcher, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Lewisham East who organised the petition, said: "Local residents and the Downham Liberal Democrat team have contacted the council many times in the past about this issue. 

"Minor changes have been made but the situation persists and presents a daily danger to local people.  Effective action must be taken now before someone is killed."

A spokesman for Lewisham Council said: "We completely respect the right of residents to petition the council and welcome this as one way in which they can bring their concerns to the council’s attention. We provide guidance on how to do this on our website."

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6:24pm Fri 6 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

The rats are waking up, let's make it harder and change the roads.

Keep them thinking in the left side of the brain.
The rats are waking up, let's make it harder and change the roads. Keep them thinking in the left side of the brain. white rabbit9
  • Score: 8

11:36am Sat 7 Jun 14

goldenbroomboy says...

I would have thought it a better idea to make the street two ways again & remove the extra pavement which narrows the road.
I would have thought it a better idea to make the street two ways again & remove the extra pavement which narrows the road. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 14

12:32am Sun 8 Jun 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
I would have thought it a better idea to make the street two ways again & remove the extra pavement which narrows the road.
Another option would be to close the road at the end in question and make that part of the road 2 way.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: I would have thought it a better idea to make the street two ways again & remove the extra pavement which narrows the road.[/p][/quote]Another option would be to close the road at the end in question and make that part of the road 2 way. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 7

9:01am Mon 9 Jun 14

PaulErith says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
The rats are waking up, let's make it harder and change the roads.

Keep them thinking in the left side of the brain.
That's right. The road layouts are all done to manipulate us! Seriously, your paranoia is getting worse. Watch out......It's behind you!
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: The rats are waking up, let's make it harder and change the roads. Keep them thinking in the left side of the brain.[/p][/quote]That's right. The road layouts are all done to manipulate us! Seriously, your paranoia is getting worse. Watch out......It's behind you! PaulErith
  • Score: -8

12:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

ElsieH says...

Could be a great money making scheme for the Police / council if they installed a camera there. And by default it would make it safer too.
Could be a great money making scheme for the Police / council if they installed a camera there. And by default it would make it safer too. ElsieH
  • Score: -2

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