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TfL vow to refurbish road where Suburb wife died

PUBLISHED: 16:06 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 07 September 2010

A WIDOWER'S fight for justice for his wife has led to a pledge from Transport for London to redesign and refurbish the crossing in Victoria where she was killed. Iveta Iravanian, 33, from Ham-pstead Garden Suburb, was struck and killed by a National Expre

A WIDOWER'S fight for justice for his wife has led to a pledge from Transport for London to redesign and refurbish the crossing in Victoria where she was killed.

Iveta Iravanian, 33, from Ham-pstead Garden Suburb, was struck and killed by a National Express coach when she tried to cross at the junction at Grosvenor Gardens and Hobart Place last February.

Her husband Leo has campaigned to prove that the traffic lights failed to meet minimum safety standards and gave people too little time to cross.

There was a gap of only five seconds after the green pedestrian man went off until the amber light came on signally traffic to go - below Department for Transport regulations of a 12-second minimum.

He also said a twisted traffic light signal caused confusion for walkers by obscuring the pedestrian red man and showing the green light for traffic to pedestrians.

But an inquest into her death last week gave a narrative verdict and the jury ruled that the timings of the traffic lights and the fact that one had twisted around were not relevant to her death.

In October last year Transport for London changed the crossing timings and installed a smaller traffic light box in the right hand lane to stop it being so easily dislodged.

And a TfL chief pledged in court to completely modernise the crossing and change the layout of the road once funding becomes available.

Mr Iravanian's solicitor Robert Berg said: "Leo Iravanian has fought tirelessly for justice since his wife died as a result of this tragic accident.

"Facts are facts and courts come to conclusions based on facts but the lasting memorial to the memory of his wife will be the reconstru-ction of that whole junction which is now being planned by TfL.

"And Leo Iravanian will in time take comfort in the knowledge that the new layout of the crossing will reduce the risk of anyone else being killed in these circumstances."

Mr Iravanian added: "I am really angry that my wife is gone and nothing is going to bring her back. She was a very special lady and a wonderful wife. I am disappointed with the verdict but I am glad they will re-do the crossing."

A TfL spokesman said: "Our sympathies remain with the family of Mrs Iravanian for their tragic loss. We are pleased that case has now been concluded. The facts have been thoroughly investigated by the Coroner and the jury have found that the traffic lights were not relevant in this case.


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