Elephant and Castle safety (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0564
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Elephant and Castle junction has a long history of serious accidents, including a tragic death on 5th February when an elderly lady was hit by a lorry. Please explain in detail the work done on the Road Safety Audits for the new layout of the junction.

Answer

Answer for Elephant and Castle safety (1)

Answer for Elephant and Castle safety (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the lady who tragically died at Elephant and Castle on Friday 5 February. We are working closely with the police and emergency services to investigate the incident, and a meeting was held with the police at the junction on 12 February.

The roundabout junction at Elephant and Castle was consistently ranked the worst in London for total number of collisions in recent years, including a particularly high proportion of collisions involving cyclists. The new highway transformation seeks to address the cause of collisions by encouraging reduced vehicle speeds, new pedestrian crossings, new dedicated cycle routes and providing improved lane layout for drivers. The scheme is expected to reduce the number of collisions by a third in the three years post completion.

A 'stage one' Road Safety Audit (RSA) was completed in October 2013 on the proposed design, and a second 'stage one' RSA was completed in July 2014 following revisions to that design. A 'stage two' RSA was completed on the detailed design on 26 February 2015 and the minor issues raised were addressed in subsequent design amendments. An interim 'stage three' RSA was completed on 21 January 2016 for areas of the scheme that had been constructed and the minor issues raised are being addressed. A second 'stage three' RSA will be completed on the whole junction once the final works are completed.