How Dangerous is the A23 in Streatham?
Transport for London has responded to fierce criticism from residents and elected representatives - by inviting the public to contribute ideas for making the A23 through Streatham safer.
The offer came at a meeting between senior TfL managers and members of the Safer A23 in Streatham Campaign after 5-year collision statistics showed no reduction in serious injuries - and a rise in fatalities.
Between 2011 and 2015 on the 1.8 miles of the A23 between the south circular and Streatham Common police were called to 389 collisions - including 8 resulting in deaths and 35 in life-changing injuries.
The data shows on average six collisions every month. Every year, on average, seven people receive life-changing injuries and one or two families are bereaved.
As shown on the map, most of those killed or seriously injured in the last five years were pedestrians (24 including 3 children). Fifteen were motorcyclists; 5 were bus passengers; 5 were in cars and 3 were pedal cyclists.
At the meeting chaired by Chuka Umunna, the MP asked TfL: “How many more people need to be injured and more fatalities do we need to see before you take safety as the biggest issue with the A23?"
TfL responded by inviting the public to contribute suggestions and ideas for redesigning two known danger areas: St Leonard’s Junction and the A23 between Streatham Hill and Telford Avenue, which may be in line for major improvements.
Local campaigner Jonathan Bartley, who was recently elected as leader of the Green Party, had accused TfL of "deadly complacency" over the .
He said: “TfL must seriously reconsider its priorities and show that any talk of reducing road danger is not just empty words – but matched by real decisions that result in action to make Streatham safer.”
London Assembly Members Caroline Pidgeon (Lib-Dem) and Caroline Russell (Green Party), who both sit on GLA committee responsible for scrutinising TfL, have both visited Streatham recently and pledged their support for the campaign for a safer A23 through Streatham.
It will be among the issues discussed at a public meeting on transport be held at 7.30pm on 24 November at Immanuel and St Andrew's Church Hall, 452 Streatham High Road.
Sign the petition: http://bit.do/A23Safety
Click the map below for a larger image of recent accident locations