The campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Brixton Water Lane ended successfully last night when Sainsbury’s agreed to cover the £100,000 bill.
The supermarket chain is building a new store at the road’s junction with Tulse Hill and residents feared the crossroads would become even more dangerous.
Sainsbury’s agreed to fund the crossing opposite the Hootananny pub following meetings with Transport for London and Lambeth Highways and hopes it will be completed much more quickly than the 14-month timescale given by the authorities.
TfL will undertake the work which will for the first time provide a safe route for, among others, pupils walking from the St Matthew’s area to Jubilee Primary School. Only two of the busy junction’s four roads have pedestrian crossings at present.
David Woods, who was part of the campaign, said: “Putting aside views about the domination of supermarkets on the high street, I feel that this is a very positive result that reflects well on Sainsbury’s.”
“They’ve acted with a genuine commitment to being a good member of the community, unlike certain competitors.”
Another campaigner, Tim Fairhurst, of the Josephine Avenue Group, welcomed the news. “We are encouraged Sainsbury’s is listening to our concerns, especially on road safety,” he said. “We will now be working with them to make sure local people have a fair crack at the job opportunities.”
The new Sainsbury’s store – on the old Carpetright and Topps Tiles site – is scheduled to open in nine weeks with the creation of 100 jobs.
At 12,000sq ft, it is sized halfway between a ‘Local’ store and a full-scale supermarket and marks a new departure for the chain.
Almost 150 residents had unsuccessfully objected to the granting of an alcohol licence citing traffic fears and the impact on small shops.