Turney Road / Dulwich Village / Court Lane junction
Posted by fordybee
02 September, 2016 12:08
I'm adopting a scatter gun approach after a scary incident this morning - am trying to get word out to all, pedestrians and car drivers re potential accident waiting to happen at the junction of Turney Road, Dulwich Village and Court Lane.
My daughter and I were on our way to school, travelling north along Dulwich Village past the florist on the left side of the road to the junction with Turney Road. We waited at the traffic lights and when the green man lit up my daughter moved into the road. Luckily I spotted that there was a car coming and stopped her but she was narrowly missed by the car (which was then followed by a further two cars). None of the cars gave way, and none of them stopped to check we were ok. Unfortunately I was too shocked to get their number plates.
I can only assume that those cars were in the middle of the road waiting to turn right into Turney Road from the end of Court Lane, or from the opposite side of Dulwich Village, and turned right when their light was in fact red (although possibly they had gone past the light so didn't know this). I assume that they didn't realise that the pedestrian light was green.
This would appear to be an accident waiting to happen. My daughter was very shocked and upset, and insistent that it wasn't her fault as the green man was there - it has taught us a lesson that we should still check to see if cars are coming, but I understand from other mothers that this happens regularly at this junction.
I have emailed Southwark Council through their website, as well as the local police team and Helen Hayes our MP, as well as the school safer routes to school coordinator, but thought I'd also get the message out on the forum - although it's not strictly East Dulwich. We are trying our best not to contribute to the traffic in the area by cycling to school instead of going in the car, but this has made me very nervous about continuing to do so, and shattered my daughter's confidence on day two! She was doing so well, she's only 5 and cycled all the way from our home in Carver Road up to DC and back down to JAPs and I really want to try and keep this going.