Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Serious collisions on A23 in Streatham double in a year



London Assembly Member Caroline Russell has won assurance from Transport for London that a consultation on plans to redesign the A23 at Streatham Hill will go ahead the second week of November. The news comes as latest statistics from TfL reveal that the number traffic collisions resulting in serious injuries on Streatham Hill and Streatham High Road have doubled in a year. 
 
Provisional stats for 2018 show there were 212 collisions on the A23 between its junction with the South Circular and the border with the borough of Croydon, including 28 resulting in life-changing injuries. This is a significant increase on the previous year – an increase in all collisions of 59% and a 100% increase in collisions resulting in serious injuries. Thankfully, there were no fatalities.

Local residents who have been campaigning for safety improvements since 2015 have won a commitment from TfL to spend £8.6m on a redesign of the A23 at Streatham Hill, where the ‘current’ motorway feel of the road encourages drivers to speed up. Green Party Assembly Member Caroline Russell has now been told that a public consultation on plans to change the design to one more suited to a town centre, initially promised for early 2019, will now go begin in the second week of November. 

Local Green Party councillor and Safer A23 campaigner Nicole Griffiths said: "These latest statistics demonstrate what all of us living in Streatham know - that it's a killer road, dividing our community and steps to make it safer for local residents and road users are long overdue." 

Statistics for collisions on A23 between South Circular and borough with Croydon



Total collisions
Serious injury
Death
2018
212
28
0
2017
133
14
0
2016
126          
10
0
2015
134
11
2
2014
101
9
3
2013
90
8
0
2012
79
7
2
2011
95
3
1

Five-year averages

Total collisions
Serious injury
Death
2014 – 2018
706
72
5
2013 – 2017
584
52
5
2012 – 2016
530
45
7
2011 – 2015
499
38
8




Note, from September 2016 onwards, the police have used a new method of recording injuries and figures for serious and slight injuries are not directly comparable with previous years (severity of injuries is thought to have been under-recorded in the past).

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