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Bus drivers are told to cut speed to 10mph

Move comes after a spate of accidents in Tottenham Court Road

04 October, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Scene of a collision in June

TRANSPORT bosses have instructed bus drivers to slow down in Tottenham Court Road following a spate of collisions since the road went two-way.

Drivers have been told to not exceed 10mph since a woman was hit by a 29 bus last Thursday evening. She was treated for a facial injury and taken to hospital.

Warnings about road safety in Tottenham Court Road have risen since it switched to two-way traffic in April, as part of the “West End Project”, part-funded by TfL.

Tom Cunnington, Trans­port for London’s head of bus business development, said: “We are sorry that a woman was injured after a collision involving a route 29 bus, operated by Arriva, on Tottenham Court Road last Thursday evening. Following the changes that have made to Tottenham Court Road there have been a number of collisions between buses and pedestrians. While speed has not been a common factor, we are introducing this temporary measure as a precaution prior to Camden Council completing the project and pedestrians becoming used to the new layout.”

TfL say they have a “Vision zero” policy aimed at eliminating all death and serious injury on London’s roads by 2041.

The Extra reported on two near-identical incidents in June where pedestrians had been hit by buses travelling south on the road. Another woman was taken to hospital with injuries from a bus collision in September.

Charine John, chair of the Grafton Way Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “I am aware of people getting hit by buses on Tottenham Court Road and I am aware of people stepping out into the road without looking, partly because I nearly did it myself.

“When you are in a rush there is no room for manoeuvre when you resort to memory.”

Ms John, who works in Bloomsbury Square, stopped someone from stepping out into the road in front of a bus last week.

She said: “She was with a group of people and suddenly, without warning, she walked out.

“The bus driver saw her as well and sounded his horn.”


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