In the online petition, which is aimed at Transport for London Traffic Signals Division and Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the parents say:
"A less than optimal set of crossings existed on the thoroughfare of Shepherds Bush Road in Brook Green. One crossing has been defunct for some time, and the other at Blythe Road had continued to pose a risk to pedestrians whilst in operation.And they set out their demand in stark terms to TFL and the Council:
At minimum one child has been injured at this particular crossing within the last few months. At minimum two school Governing bodies have formally written with concerns about the crossing within the last few months.
The crossing was scheduled to be replaced with a safer Puffin crossing before school resumed for the year 2011-2012, however the work has not yet been completed.
This leaves a long stretch of a busy road open to speeding traffic. There are two major primary schools within a very short distance, and almost 10 schools within a kilometre. It is a neighbourly area with many pedestrians. No interim safety measures have been taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians or the many children taking this route to school".
"We insist that temporary lights for a safer crossing be installed immediately at Shepherds Bush Road/Blythe Road until such time as the new permanent crossing is installed and operational".Judging by the photos - which clearly demonstrate children literally running to slip between the cars, the Council need to respond to this as soon as possible. In my experience of dealing with TFL, expecting them to lift a finger is pointless.
It's perhaps helpful that the relevant councillor for this is Nick Botterill, who is one of the most effective members of the current administration at Hammersmith Town Hall. He has in my experience responded very quickly to concerns like this and acted to fix things that needed fixing, such as the time cowboy builders made a mess of Shepherd's Bush Green.
So come on Cllr Botterill, step up to the plate!