Monday, 3 December 2012

Another collision at the Tooting Bec Gardens/ Streatham High Road/Mitcham Lane junction

No sooner had we updated everyone on TfL's new signal strategy for the junction of Mitcham Lane/ Streatham High Road and Tooting Bec Gardens and the safety review due in April 2013, than there was another collision at the junction.

It happened on Saturday afternoon/evening at around 5.30/5.45pm. It appears to have involved a car crashing into, and completely wiping out a traffic light at the top of Tooting Bec Gardens.

The traffic light was repaired this morning.

However this does again raise more questions about whether the safety review can really wait until next year. It needs to happen quickly and urgently. There was another collision at this spot at the beginning of November, and the traffic appears to have increased significantly at the junction following the closure of the Greyhound Lane Bridge.

[Update 5/12/12: Green London Assembly member Darren Johnson has tabled a question to the Mayor of London asking whether he will bring forward the safety review:

"Although TfL's decision to implement a new signal strategy at the junction of Tooting Bec Gardens/Streatham High Road/Mitcham Lane is welcome, in light of another recent collision here will TfL now urgently bring forward its safety review of this junction, currently scheduled for April 2013?"]

{Update 7/01/13 We have now managed to get the safety review brought forward. More details here]

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