Croydon Council criticised for failing to take action at danger junction in Coulsdon

Croydon Council has been criticised after two fatal accidents in Coulsdon Road

Croydon Council has been criticised after two fatal accidents in Coulsdon Road

First published in News
Last updated
Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

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.”

 

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

alroutemaster says...

Well it's "only" pedestrians innit? If it was cyclists that had been killed both the council and Boris Johnson would be flinging millions of pounds at it.
Well it's "only" pedestrians innit? If it was cyclists that had been killed both the council and Boris Johnson would be flinging millions of pounds at it. alroutemaster
  • Score: -2

1:32am Fri 25 Jul 14

Deltablue says...

Highway improvements manager Mike Barton said that the idea of a pedestrian crossing was not well received by members of the public when they discussed the issue in January. Well actually Mr Barton, the way that Croydon Council use cameras to raise revenue by the use of cameras is not well received by the public either, but the council ignore those opinions and continue to use them anyway.
Yes Yes Yes "not my department" I know, but the council chooses to listen to, or ignore according to the gains or losses involved and the likelihood of their being held accountable. More revenue means "carry on as you are". More expense means "lets have another meeting" until the problem goes away.
Is a crossing a pain in the A***? - as a driver, yes. If it saves the grief of another family? No - just another few seconds.
Highway improvements manager Mike Barton said that the idea of a pedestrian crossing was not well received by members of the public when they discussed the issue in January. Well actually Mr Barton, the way that Croydon Council use cameras to raise revenue by the use of cameras is not well received by the public either, but the council ignore those opinions and continue to use them anyway. Yes Yes Yes "not my department" I know, but the council chooses to listen to, or ignore according to the gains or losses involved and the likelihood of their being held accountable. More revenue means "carry on as you are". More expense means "lets have another meeting" until the problem goes away. Is a crossing a pain in the A***? - as a driver, yes. If it saves the grief of another family? No - just another few seconds. Deltablue
  • Score: -2

7:51pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Austen - Croydon Cyclists says...

alroutemaster wrote:
Well it's "only" pedestrians innit? If it was cyclists that had been killed both the council and Boris Johnson would be flinging millions of pounds at it.
This comment is neither helpful nor is it accurate.

Too many cyclists have been killed and injured on roads controlled by Transport for London, such as the notorious Bow Roundabout, and it is only following repeated public outcries that action is slowly being taken.

Sadly, it is a similar story with pedestrians.

This road is controlled by Croydon Council, and it is to be hoped that following these avoidable deaths, the helpful advice from the Met and the coroner's welcome intervention that action will finally be taken.

It is appalling and unacceptable that the recommendations made by the Traffic Management Unit have been sat on for 9 months. Councillors and council officers should hang their heads in shame.

We need pro-active action by a bold council publicly committed to reducing what New York City mayor, Joe de Blasio, has termed "traffic violence" as part of a concerted campaign to reduce such deaths to zero. We don't tolerate deaths on our airlines and railways - why should we put up with it on our roads?
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: Well it's "only" pedestrians innit? If it was cyclists that had been killed both the council and Boris Johnson would be flinging millions of pounds at it.[/p][/quote]This comment is neither helpful nor is it accurate. Too many cyclists have been killed and injured on roads controlled by Transport for London, such as the notorious Bow Roundabout, and it is only following repeated public outcries that action is slowly being taken. Sadly, it is a similar story with pedestrians. This road is controlled by Croydon Council, and it is to be hoped that following these avoidable deaths, the helpful advice from the Met and the coroner's welcome intervention that action will finally be taken. It is appalling and unacceptable that the recommendations made by the Traffic Management Unit have been sat on for 9 months. Councillors and council officers should hang their heads in shame. We need pro-active action by a bold council publicly committed to reducing what New York City mayor, Joe de Blasio, has termed "traffic violence" as part of a concerted campaign to reduce such deaths to zero. We don't tolerate deaths on our airlines and railways - why should we put up with it on our roads? Austen - Croydon Cyclists
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree