Boris is failing to tackle death junctions

Boris is failing to tackle death junctions

New figures obtained by Labour MP Sadiq Khan show that Mayor Boris Johnson has failed to take action on three of the five most dangerous junctions in London.

This is despite the fact that the three blackspots, where a total of 20 people have been killed in traffic accidents in the space of six years, were all included on a list of 100 junctions identified by Transport for London back in 2012 as in desperate need of improvement.

Although 100 junctions were listed by TfL as being in need of urgent changes to enhance their safety, only 33 of those are actually scheduled for improvements under its Better Junctions programme and they do not include the three which are among the top five most hazardous in terms of fatalities.

According to the data released to the Tooting MP under Freedom of Information Laws, a total of 30 road-users died at the five most dangerous junctions between 2008 and 2014 – a figure which equates to 40 per cent of all fatalities at road junctions in London. 

But so far nothing has been done to improve safety at three of those junctions, in Camden, Brixton and Great Cambridge Road in Enfield – the latter of which is actually the most dangerous junction in London, according to the data, having seen the single highest number of deaths recorded over that period, 10.

Branding Boris Johnson’s failure to take action on these three junctions ‘shameful’, Labour’s Sadiq Khan vowed to prioritise improving their safety if elected as London mayor next year.

"It is shameful that Boris Johnson has done absolutely nothing to improve some of the most dangerous junctions in London,” he said.

“As Mayor, I will do everything I can to make London a safer and easier city for cyclists, and to get more Londoners cycling on a regular basis.

“That means urgently improving the most dangerous junctions, but also looking at what can be done to reduce the number of HGV's on London's roads at rush hour, and supporting many more 20 miles per hour zones in the capital."

Khan added that his approach would form part of a wider plan to promote cycling and make London’s roads safer for commuters. 

In addition to pledging to complete the full list of dangerous junctions in London, prioritising those that have seen the highest number of deaths, Khan is also promising to accelerate the roll out of fully segregated cycle super highways and the delivery of the 'Mini Holland' cycling projects.

He will also support the roll out of 20 miles per hour zones in residential areas of London - the 'twenties plenty' campaign – and look at what can be done to reduce the number of HGV's in London at rush hour. 

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