New safety measures after jogger killed in Battersea Bridge ‘blackspot’ – South London News

By Julia Gregory, native democracy reporter

The velocity restrict might be reduce to 20mph and a pedestrian crossing created to enhance security close to the Battersea Bridge accident ‘blackspot’ the place a jogger died final month.

Transport for London (TfL) introduced the strikes ahead following a marketing campaign by residents and mates of jogger Jack Ryan, who died after he was fatally injured in a collision with a automobile on the north facet of Battersea Bridge.

TfL mentioned it will reduce the present velocity restrict of 30mph and plans to place in a pedestrian crossing with alerts to spice up security.

Tributes to Jack Ryan who died at Battersea Bridge, credit score to Rob McGibbon

Chelsea resident Rob McGibbon launched a petition calling for security enhancements after witnessing the aftermath of the accident.

The petition has been signed by greater than 25,700 folks.

In 2017 a 35-year-old motor bicycle owner died in a collision with a automobile on the junction and 26 folks had been injured there within the two years, to 2019.

Mr McGibbon mentioned: ‘While the brand new crossing is nice information, it’s deeply saddening and fallacious that it took Jack Ryan’s tragic loss of life to galvanise motion.

“It’s clear that Jack was a massively well-liked man, who was dearly beloved by his household and so many mates.

“They’re nonetheless grieving and my ideas exit to all of them.”

He welcomed the transfer to enhance security and mentioned the willpower to deliver change has come about “due to folks energy.”

Marketing campaign teams together with the Chelsea Society and Cheyne Stroll Belief have been calling for enhancements for a number of years and Kensington and Chelsea council additionally backed the protection strikes.

Mr McGibbon confirmed TfL commissioner Andy Byford the accident hotspots shortly after launching the marketing campaign.

TfL will begin speaking to residents and companies concerning the new crossing over the following few weeks and quick monitor the session to place the brand new crossing in “as shortly as attainable.”

It is going to additionally reduce the velocity restrict on Chelsea Embankment from 30mph to 20mph to assist make it safer for susceptible street customers, together with walkers and cyclists.

0 2 10Highway junction at Battersea Bridge in Chelsea

It is usually working with Kensington and Chelsea council to create two extra pedestrian crossings at Cheyne Stroll and Beaufort Avenue.

There may see a banned left flip into Beaufort Avenue, to cut back battle between motor autos and cyclists.

Johnny Thalassites, the councillor in control of planning, place and the surroundings mentioned: “ Because of native voices we are actually seeing quicker progress from TfL on this harmful junction. A protected crossing on Battersea Bridge can’t come quickly sufficient and I’m glad to see plans being introduced ahead for residents to touch upon.”

Will Norman, London’s strolling and  biking commissioner mentioned: “Making London’s streets protected for susceptible street customers together with pedestrians and cyclists is a prime precedence, and we’ve got taken rapid motion to deliver ahead our proposals for this space.”

The scheme is a part of TfL’s  Imaginative and prescient Zero intention to forestall deaths and severe accidents on London’s roads.

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