More than 1,000 back call for new footbridge after fatal Crawley crash

Scene of a fatal RTC on A23 near the K2 on 29-04-16 Pic Steve Robards SR1612492 SUS-160305-105048001
Scene of a fatal RTC on A23 near the K2 on 29-04-16 Pic Steve Robards SR1612492 SUS-160305-105048001

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for a footbridge over the A23 after a pedestrian died in a road collision.

The 30-year-old man, who has been named locally on Facebook as Robert Sims, was pronounced dead at the scene at Pease Pottage Hill’s junction with Tilgate Drive, near the K2 leisure centre on Friday (April 29).

Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were called at 3.13pm after he was in collision with a dark coloured hatchback, said police.

The petition, started by Leonie Markwick, calls on West Sussex County Council to create a footbridge over the A23 between the K2 and the checkatrade.com stadium.

Dan Jenkins, who signed the petition (www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-for-a-pedestrian-bridge-over-a23-near-k2), wrote: “A son, a brother, an uncle and a true friend that touched so many lives has now been taken from us all.

“I and my family have just lost a close friend unnecessary, and we are truly crushed.

“Our lives will never be the same, and it should not take a tragedy such as this, which is by no means the first, for the council to realise that something needs to be done.

“In his memory, I personally will be doing all that I can to ensure that another family does not have to be put through this devastating ordeal, and in his memory, this issue is finally addressed.”

The petition reads: “It is a dangerous area and doesn’t have enough safe places for pedestrians to cross the constantly busy road.

“Bearing in mind that there’s a family leisure complex, Crawley Town football stadium and a secondary school in direct vicinity of the A23, the crossings should be ample.”

Leonie Marwick wrote: “I started this petition because this road has been a danger since the checkatrade stadium was initially built and K2 being built. Yes, there are a set of pedestrian lights by the road entrance to K2, but that’s not enough!

“There needs to be a footbridge because women and kids will not feel safe using underpasses, especially with the number of sexual assaults which have recently happened in the town.

“This area is abundantly a family oriented area as there’s a school, a leisure complex and a football stadium in direct vicinity of the road.

“It’s a tragedy for the families of the people who have died on this road that family clearly wasn’t in mind when it comes to road safety.

She added: “50mph is far too fast.

“The speed should be reduced as well as creating a safe crossing.”

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