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Call for better road safety in Crouch End street after women hospitalised

PUBLISHED: 12:37 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 27 September 2017

A woman was treated for a head injury following a collision in Tottenham Lane, Crouch End. Picture: Clare Rogers

A woman was treated for a head injury following a collision in Tottenham Lane, Crouch End. Picture: Clare Rogers

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A plea for better road safety has been made after two women were hospitalised after being hit by a car in one week.

Samantha Harris was injured in a hit and run on Tottenham Lane last Friday, September 22. Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: L HARRISSamantha Harris was injured in a hit and run on Tottenham Lane last Friday, September 22. Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: L HARRIS

Paramedics including two single responders, Air Ambulance and an incident response officer were called to Tottenham Lane, Crouch End at 3pm on September 20.

Police cordoned off the road and traffic was diverted while medics treated the 69-year-old, whom eyewitnesses said was crossing the road when the car struck her.

According to officers the lady’s condition is critical but stable.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries.

Two days later a second woman was left lying on the ground following a hit and run in the same road.

Clare Rogers, a mother who witnessed the aftermath of the first collision, said: “I feel horrified. It is so sad that the simple act of crossing the road can result in this kind of thing.

“That street is so dominated by traffic. My daughter and I feel vulnerable whenever we cross.”

Selena Calder from Haringey Cycling Campaign, which lobbies for safer streets, said: “I was shocked, but this goes to show there’s a need for a reduction in traffic speeds and in the dominance of motor vehicles.

“It’s a heavily pedestrianised area and needs to be a better public space,” she added.

Ms Calder called for cycle lanes to be introduced, speed limits to be enforced and traffic to be redirected from the busy street where the A1201 and A103 meet.

“We tried to work with the council, but we haven’t found them to be terrifically helpful,” the campaigner said.

A spokeswoman for Haringey Council said: “Our thoughts are with those that have been injured at this difficult time. We understand the roads are busy in Haringey, as they are across London, and we remain committed to making them as safe as possible.”

She added that the council has already introduced a borough-wide 20mph zone and would take further steps if necessary after a period of monitoring.

“We have dedicated funds for accident reduction, with cycle and pedestrian hotspots taking priority. We also have a dedicated team working to make cycling and walking a more viable option across the borough,” she said before stating road accidents had fallen by 13 per cent in Haringey.

“We have a number of plans in place to continue this positive trend,” she added.

In 2016 Haringey carried out a road safety study in Crouch End as a result of which funding was secured to introduce raised junctions to slow traffic on roads including Park Road, Wolseley Road, Lynton Road, Shanklin Road and New Road.

The council said it also intends to consult with residents and businesses this year on a number of other roads, with proposals including a mini-roundabout at the junction of Middle Lane, Park Road and The Broadway, alteration of kerblines and relocation of zebra crossings.

Police are seeking witnesses to both incidents. Please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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