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Safety fears as ‘Camden Death Mile’ still plagued by accidents

09:00 02 May 2014

Map showing all the accidents that have occured along Camden Road - or the 'death mile' - between 2010 and 2013

Map showing all the accidents that have occured along Camden Road - or the 'death mile' - between 2010 and 2013

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Safety campaigners have called for more to be done to protect cyclists, motorists and pedestrians on a stretch of road that continues to be branded as “Camden’s death mile”.

Statistics provided to Camden-based Osbornes Solicitors by Transport for London (TfL) found there had been 84 accidents along Camden Road in Camden Town between 2010 and 2013 – nine of them resulting in serious injuries.

Despite the “death mile” nickname, statistics show only one fatality.

The solicitors, which represents many victims of road accidents, has produced a map showing the locations and severity of all accidents over the past three years.

Stuart Kightley, head of serious injury, said: “Everyone knows how dangerous this stretch of road is and how often it is closed because of accidents.

“Our research hopes to further the understanding of exactly where most of the accidents occur and encourage more to be done in these hotspots.

“Road safety is a real problem in many parts of London so we also hope to encourage similar pieces of research to be conducted on other roads.”

One junction in particular, with St Pancras Way, was outlined as needing urgent action.

Cllr Paul Braithwaite, a cycle safety campaigner and Liberal Democrat representative for the ward through which the “death mile” runs, said: “In my entire eight years as councillor this stretch of road has been a problem,” he said.

“There are junctions with clear design faults and areas where it is never safe for pedestrians to cross.

“I now refuse to cycle along it and take the back streets.

“But there are things we can do.

“A major consultation was done back in 2005 on the road to bring changes but TfL didn’t agree to action it.

“It was a great pity – TfL has always seemed to drag its feet.”

A number of measures have been introduced by Camden Council to improve cycle safety across the borough. This includes approving plans earlier in the year to introduce what could be London’s first segregated cycle junction in Mornington Crescent.

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