Review into safety on Croydon's most accident-strewn road
By Cherry Wilson
ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT: London Road in Thornton Heath
Safety measures on a busy stretch of road in Thornton Heath are set to be improved after it was revealed there have been 78 accidents there in just three years.
Transport bosses are set to carry out a full review of a stretch of London Road to try and find out why there have been so many collisions.
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A dozen of the 78 accidents have involved people being seriously injured and this has led to concerns being raised about the safety of the road.
Transport for London (TfL), which looks after the road, says it will look at where improvements could be made after carrying out a full collision study next year.
It will be focusing on the stretch of road that goes from Northborough Road to Thornton Road.
Bensham Manor councillor, Alison Butler, is concerned about the high number of accidents and would like to see more safety features on the road.
She believes that extra pedestrian crossings and cameras that flash up a driver's speed should be installed on the site.
"The figures are quite shocking," she said. "I didn't realise the road was so dangerous.
"It's got a high density of traffic, particularly during the rush hour, as it is a major transport route into central London.
"There is a high level of cars and pedestrians in the area so investment in safety is really important.
"It's got so much traffic driving in and out the side roads and, when you get a build up of traffic, people take risks.
"They don't want to wait and you'll see people crossing between cars and driving round other vehicles to cut down the side roads."
London Road is one of two sites in Croydon that have been identified by TfL as having a high rate of collisions.
It will also be carrying out a review of Park Hill Road and Chepstow Road where there have been 10 accidents in the last three years - one of which involved people being seriously injured.
A Transport for London spokesman said: "The London Road Safety Unit has identified two sites in Croydon in their provisional programme at which to carry out a full collision study during 2009/10.
"The full collision study will review the circumstances behind all collisions which occurred at these two sites within the last 36 months with a look to identify where safety improvements can be made along these roads."