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Witness leads calls for safety measures after fatal collision on Falloden Way

PUBLISHED: 07:25 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:45 30 June 2017

Garden Suburb residents called for a crossing on Falloden Way in September 2015. Picture: NIGEL SUTTON

Garden Suburb residents called for a crossing on Falloden Way in September 2015. Picture: NIGEL SUTTON

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A witness to the aftermath of a fatal collision last week has led calls for safety measures at “the accident blackspot” to prevent more deaths.

In the latest fatal accident on the A1 at Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, on June 21 motorcyclist Benjamin Tillbrook lost his life.

Witness Brian Ingram described how he was walking through Northway Gardens when he heard the crash.

Emergency services and the London Air Ambulance arrived just before 11am , but the 29-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Ingram, 68, of Brooklands Rise, said: “It is a tragedy that yet another life has been lost. Things are getting worse and worse.”

Wednesday’s incident follows the death of a 96-year-old woman in a collision at the same spot in February.

In August 2015. a pensioner suffered brain damage after being hit by a car and a 45-year-old man died after his car crashed into a lamppost on the same route in the early hours of July 15, 2015.

According to Mr Ingram, who has measured speeds along the route, drivers do up to 70mph on a road where vehicles should be slowing from 40 to 30mph.

He is calling for speed cameras, better enforcement and signposts to warn drivers of changes in the road’s speed limits and layout.

Keen to see the return of a pelican crossing, he said: “You’ve got to be able to cross safely. A few simple things would make a lot of difference.”

London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore – who organised a safety inspection at crossings with residents and TfL 18 months ago – plans to raise the circumstances with the transport body once details of the latest collision become known.

Hampstead Garden Suburb councillor Rohit Grover has asked highways officers to discuss safety improvements with TfL. He said three years’ worth of accident statistics had been collected as evidence. “Clearly, this whole stretch of road needs to be looked at given this most recent tragedy,” he said.

Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer voiced his support saying it was “eminently sensible” to introduce a second pedestrian crossing.

Cllr John Marshall said he believed facilities for pedestrians needed to be examined closely.

“Although this accident involved the death of a motorcyclist we need an accident report before jumping to conclusions.

“Speed may well have been a contributory cause,” he added.

Nigel Hardy , TfL’s head of project sponsorship, said: “The safety of road users is our top priority and the speed limit along this section of the A1 has been reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

We are listening carefully to residents’ concerns and will continue to keep the location under review.”

The issues are due to be discussed at a public meeting scheduled for 7.30pm in the Free Church, North Square on July 6.

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