Safer A23 Campaigners Petition Mayor

Campaigners and survivors of road crashes presented a petition to the London Assembly on 8th March calling for action from Mayor Sadiq Khan to end the high level of deaths and injuries on the A23 in Streatham.

Among the petitioners was Michelle Hammond, whose brother Francis was killed at the notorious St Leonard’s Junction in May 2014 and Nicola Wilding who survived a crash on the A23 in May 1999.

The petition was made as Mayor Sadiq Khan proposed a new ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety - putting elimination of road danger at the heart of the transport system. A cross-party group presented the 3000-strong petition, including Florence Eschalomi (Lab), GLA Transport Committee chair Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem) and transport committee member Caroline Russell (Green).

Latest figures put Lambeth at the top of the road death and injury table for The Transport for London Network.

Chris Holt from the Safer A23 in Streatham Campaign said: “On a stretch of road just 1.8 miles long, on average there are six collisions every month; seven people receive life- changing injuries each year and one or two families are bereaved.”

Nicola Wilding, who suffered serious injuries in a crash on the A23, said: “As someone  who has had to live with a disability, I think we have to value human life and think a lot smarter about our roads. If we all put our heads together we must be able to do it. We need to work together and make it a lot safer for the next generation.”

Michelle Hammond, whose brother Francis (27) was killed on the A23 in Streatham in May 2014, said: “The impact on families is devastating. If we can fight to keep someone else safe that would be the best thing that can come out of this. Francis deserves to rest in peace, as do all the people who’ve died on the roads.”

It was 6.30am on Saturday May 31st, 2014 that Francis crossed the A23 at Streatham’s notorious St Leonard’s Junction – on his way to work in Wandsworth - and was killed by a motorcyclist. His death was one of seven serious or fatal collisions at that junction in less than three years.

TfL road designers are in the process of redesigning the St Leonard’s junction with the aim of improving safety, and will be presenting their plans for consultation within the next two months.