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Cyclist seriously injured at lorry danger hotspot

Campaigners warn of 'radio silence' on cycle superhighway safety changes

14 July, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Victoria Street

A CYCLIST was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after a collision with a lorry at a Victoria danger spot.

The crash took place in Victoria Street, at the junction with Bucking- ham Palace Road, just after 11am on Tuesday.

The driver stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

Dominic Fee, secretary of Westminster Cycling Campaign, said: “Victoria is the most dangerous part of our borough for cycling. Safer alternatives to busy roads, where cyclists must mix with heavy lorries, simply don’t exist for journeys through Victoria.

“Every proposal for safer cycle routes in Victoria has stalled. There is radio silence on TfL’s Cycle Superhighway 5 extension from Pimlico and on Westminster’s Quietways from Pimlico and from Green Park.

“Without these safer alternatives to busy roads, cycling in Victoria will be no less dangerous in two years’ time.”

Two cyclists have died following crashes in Victoria Street over the past four years. Mother of two Claire Hitier-Abadie, 36, died after a crash with a lorry at the junction with Bressenden Place in February 2015. Lorry driver Alan Warwick pleaded guilty to causing her death by careless driving.

In 2013 Dr Katharine Giles, a lecturer and research fellow at University College London, was also killed in Victoria Street, at the junction with Palace Street.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the collision on Tuesday to call officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command on 020 8543 5157.

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