Camden Road must be made a safer route

Thursday, 25th January 2018

• SEVERAL cyclist deaths and numerous other serious injuries have occurred in the last five years on Camden Road.

I am upset and disturbed to hear of yet another such accident: on Wednesday January 10, a car hit a cyclist at the junction of Royal College Street opposite Camden Road station. The poor cyclist is fighting for his life.

The stretch from the junction of Camden Road and Brecknock all the way down to Sainsbury’s is a death trap. Junctions with one-way streets crossing over Camden Road in this stretch have also seen horrific car accidents over the years.

Newspapers point out that the driver failed to stop at the scene. But what measures are being taken by Transport for London to protect the many cyclists travelling on Camden Road, a red route?

The only remedial measure I am aware of is a mirror put up at the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way. This was only done after that poor Polish woman was killed. It’s simply not good enough.

At the same time, we have seen far too many car accidents at the junctions of Brecknock Road, Camden Park Road and Camden Road, where one-way streets cross over the red route.

Residents deserve to know what pressure Camden Council is putting on the Mayor of London and TfL to prevent Camden residents from being killed and injured on this stretch of road.

Camden Road must become a safe route for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, with special attention paid to its many junctions.

Residents living in the area are as concerned and troubled as I am, and firmly believe that those with the powers to make our streets safe are failing in their duties.

STEPHEN CROSHER
Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Holborn & Saint Pancras

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