TfL 'dismissed' concern over death road

By Rob Virtue on October 25, 2011 2:00 PM |

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Transport chiefs turned down requests for safety measures to be introduced on a road where a cyclist died on Monday because of fears they would increase traffic, it was claimed.

London Assembly Member John Biggs said he twice met with Transport for London officials over concerns with the Bow Flyover.

However, he was told there was no obvious solution which would not cause massive traffic delays.

Mr Biggs said he had the same response in a written question to London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The Assembly member's comments came after a man in his 50s died from a collision with a tipper lorry while he was riding on the cycle superhighway on the flyover.

Mr Biggs said: "I am very angry at this tragedy. In my view, the fact that the junction has not suffered previous serious accidents is more down to luck than judgement.

"There has tragically been a growing likelihood of an accident waiting to happen there for a long time.

"If safety measures cause traffic delays then that is in my view a price well worth paying."

In response to Mr Biggs' written question in May this year, the Mayor said: "TfL have been unable so far to find an immediate solution for providing controlled at-grade pedestrian crossings at Bow Roundabout that does not push the junction over capacity and introduce significant delays to traffic."


Kathryn Hyde said:

It's the same story all over London - tfl would rather put pedestrian and cyclists lives at risk than cause any delay to motorists.