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Crossroads is a deathtrap' for OAPs

PUBLISHED: 12:54 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 August 2010

A COUPLE in their 80s who both fell at a busy crossroads, without a pedestrian crossing, claim someone will die before council bosses act.

A COUPLE in their 80s who both fell at a busy crossroads, without a pedestrian crossing, claim someone will die before council bosses act.

Great grandparents Alex, 84, and Joyce Shephard, 81, of Birchwood Avenue, Sidcup, say the crossing near Sidcup station is a death trap after they were taken to A&E because of their injuries.

They were crossing Station Road to get a bus to Kings College Hospital, but they both fell in the middle of the crossing and had to be taken to Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup (QMS) instead.

Mr Shephard, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease said: "It was all of a sudden. I am not sure how I fell over. Before I knew what was happening, I was there stretched out with the traffic going around me. The traffic didn't stop."

His wife, who has a bad back was also injured. But the couple had to wait an hour in a nearby clothes shop, before an ambulance arrived to take them to QMS.

Mrs Shephard said: "It is definitely dangerous, no doubt about that at all. They should have done something about that before.

"What are they doing - waiting for someone to die? I rang councillor Jackie Evans and apparently the council are doing something about it but when? She didn't seem that bothered. It is a death trap. There are a lot of elderly people in Sidcup who have to use that crossing."

Bexley council confirmed they had recently carried out a feasibility study in to pedestrian improvements at the junction.

A spokesperson said: "It is currently estimated that the detailed design of this scheme will be complete by early May.

"This exercise has taken some time due to the considerable funding necessary to carry out the extensive changes required at this location. We have only recently been successful in securing funding from Transport for London (TfL) to carry out the changes necessary to the road layout for these measures to be considered."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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