Croydon Council has come under fire for failing to make changes to a junction where two pedestrians were killed in road accidents within two months of each other.
Julie Maudsley was struck by a car in Coulsdon Road on August 2 and later died. Two months later, Robert Prescott was struck in almost exactly the same place and also died.
At an inquest into Mr Prescott’s death, it was revealed eight days later the Metropolitan Police’s traffic management unit wrote to the council about how to improve the stretch of Coulsdon Road, near the junction of Cearn Way, and yet nine months on nothing has been done.
Giving evidence, Police Constable Colin Mackenzie said he sent the letter on October 16 last year, calling for an illuminated staggered junction sign, a warning sign to make drivers aware of pedestrians crossing and the extending of the hatched area on the central carriageway.
Highway improvements manager Mike Barton listened to the evidence in both the inquests for Mr Prescott and Mrs Maudsley on July 17.
He said the council had cut back the foliage at the crash spot and this had been done before the council received the recommendations.
He told coroner Dr Roy Palmer the council was waiting until the end of the inquests before making any decisions about traffic calming measures on that stretch of road.
He said: “These two have raised our awareness of this particular location but, before that, we had not had any there in the past five years.”
Mr Barton said the idea of a pedestrian crossing was not well received by members of the public when they discussed the issue in January.
Dr Palmer said: “Take back to the council the request. Will you be willing to go back and have another think?
“You [say you] will take both cases and discuss them with the people at the council. Thank you for that undertaking.”
A Croydon Council spokesman said: "Following the inquests into these two tragic deaths, the council is giving serious consideration to the recommendations made by the police, and the findings of our own officers.
"Any measure proposed would need to receive local support and the necessary budget allocation from TfL.
“The matter continues to receive our utmost attention and a decision will be made at the earliest opportunity.”