Search

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

Archant

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.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:59

Devotees of the late pop star are asking the City of London for a commemorative bench in George Michael’s “favourite park” for his fans to pay tribute to him

Yesterday, 17:32

Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland will join traders and members of the Camden Neighbourhood Policing team this Wednesday in the Belsize Kitchen.

Yesterday, 17:02

A man was beaten to death with a shopping trolley handle during a row, between two groups of youths in Willesden, a court heard.

Yesterday, 16:30

An influential publisher and Samuel Pepys enthusiast who lived in Hampstead Garden Suburb for 50 years has died.

Yesterday, 15:38

Theodore Johnson, 63, appeared at the Old Bailey this morning charged with murdering the 51-year-old last month.

Yesterday, 14:11

Homeless people in Camden are to be offered extra support as temperatures drop below zero.

Yesterday, 11:41

A pair of schools have had their newly-opened buildings blessed by bishops.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has lost her appeal and had her five year sentence in an Iranian jail upheld by an Iranian court.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now