Whitechapel Road / Vallence Road cyclist blackspot

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-10-14
Session date: 
October 14, 2009
Reference: 
2009/2815
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following the death of a cyclist at the junction of Whitechapel road and Vallance road in Tower Hamlets last week and the petition to make safer this cyclist blackspot, do you intend to take any action, especially given your devotion to making London bicycle friendly?

Answer

Answer for Whitechapel Road / Vallence Road cyclist blackspot

Answer for Whitechapel Road / Vallence Road cyclist blackspot

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following an analysis of the collision history at this site, a scheme design has been prepared for this junction. The key feature of the design is the moving over of New Road to the east to improve the overall junction alignment. However this would involve the relocation of a large amount of statutory undertakers' equipment and the cost estimate exceeds £1m. Consideration is therefore being given to alternative designs that can be delivered at lower cost whilst still delivering a safety benefit.

Police inquiries into the recent tragic fatality are continuing but the current view is the design or physical condition of the junction was not a contributory factor. However discussions involving the police have identified some defects and work is in hand to address these.