Lorry crash death prompts calls for road safety measures at Carshalton Ponds
Tributes have flooded in for the victim of yesterday’s lorry crash with many now calling for road safety measures.
Politicians have been contacting Transport for London (TfL), who own the road, while people on social networking sites have been calling for a road safety petition.
Schoolgirls crossing the road in the same place yesterday afternoon
Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said: “It is clearly a very tragic case and I will be talking to Sutton Council and Transport for London about whether there are road safety improvements that can be made at that point.
“Some residents may be keen to introduce a one way system although that was tried in the past as one of the concerns was that it was traffic speed.
“From a road safety point of view it doesn’t necessarily provide the perfect solution but anything that could improve road safety in that area I will be pushing for.”
Jill Whitehead Carshalton Central councillor said: “The council has no control over what happens on a TFL red route, which we find frustrating.
“However, this is a dangerous corner and it is where there have been some incidents of cars going into the ponds on occasions. The ward councillors welcome ideas for road safety in the red route area, which we can take to TFL who run this stretch of road.
“I have also asked council officers to urgently look into the incident and make suggestions to TFL for road improvements in this area.”
Tim Crowley deputy leader of the opposition and Carshalton South councillor said: “It is incredibly sad maybe it was an accident waiting to happen. Maybe it is a wake-up call to make sure something is done about it.”
People have been reacting on social media with many calling for road safety measures to be brought in:
"This is heart breaking for everyone involved. Commendable actions of the landlord show there is compassion in the world.
"The section of road by the pond is Roman and no wider than a cart track in places - TFL and LBS can act and learn from this tragedy. Can a divert [be put] in place for HGVs to Ruskin Road and Benyan Road away from the pond?"
Very sad. Sorry to hear that. Can I ask you to get tfl and the council to look again at the one way or widening options.
David Vorokrytin Lané
“Maybe they might do something about the lorries and ban them from using that road.”
“Very very sad. I just can't imagine the feelings of that poor family. Something should be done about it as it's a narrow road and big lorries should be banned. My heart goes out to the family.“
One way would be even more dangerous for pedestrians, and kill the town centre. HGVs should not be going through the middle of Carshalton. Condolences to all those affected by this tragic loss.
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