Boris Johnson urged to act over Pentonville Road junction that is ‘among London’s deadliest’
- Credit: Archant
Campaigners say “urgent” action must be taken over a deadly Islington junction after figures ranked it in the top 10 most dangerous for London’s pedestrians.
Figures released to Labour’s London Assembly Transport spokeswoman Val Shawcross show the junction of Pentonville Road and Islington High Street to be one of the capital’s deadliest outside of central London, with a total of 13 casualties between 2012 and 2014. Only six junctions in the whole of London racked up a worse figure.
Describing the figures as “alarming”, Jennette Arnold, the London Assembly member for Islington, said it was “vitally important” the junction received urgent attention from Transport for London.
“With so many local people using this key junction every day it’s alarming to see this number of accidents taking place,” she said.
“We need junctions to be effective and keep traffic moving, but we also need to ensure they are as safe as possible.
You may also want to watch:
“TfL has been doing a lot of work to improve the safety of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists. That’s essential if we’re to drive down the number of pedestrian accidents on Islington’s local roads. It’s vitally important that this particular junction gets some attention, and soon.”
Claire Poyner of pedestrian campaign group Islington Living Streets told the Gazette the statistics showed a “major safety issue”.
- 1 Changes made to St Peter's LTN after Packington Estate used as rat run
- 2 Islington shooting victim named
- 3 Man in hospital with potentially 'life-changing' injuries following stabbing
- 4 Robert Rinder awarded MBE for his work on Holocaust education
- 5 Phone snatcher admits guilt after robberies in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets
- 6 Missing: Highgate woman known to frequent Camden and Islington areas
- 7 Rise in London Covid rates, but people aged 25-30 can book vaccine
- 8 Largest beer garden in North London being built for Euro 2020
- 9 Manor Gardens Welfare Trust CEO awarded British Empire Medal
- 10 Woman, 48, arrested over fatal stabbing of Islington flower seller
“It comes as no surprise that this junction is a blackspot for accidents,” she said.
“It‘s very hazardous and busy. We need to put walking first and 13 incidents in such a short space of time clearly indicate there is a major safety issue here.”
Ms Arnold claimed Boris Johnson had omitted the Pentonville Road junction from a dossier of blackspots needing urgent safety improvements.
Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring said: “Improving road safety is one of the Mayor’s top priorities, and our new £4billion roads investment programme is in large part designed to tackle problems exactly like this.
“We have made a number of investments already here in the last few years, and will be trialling 20mph as well. We are also looking at what further measures are needed.”