Improvements to junctions (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st August 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

As part of your Vision Zero strategy, what plans are in place to update and improve junctions across the road network to address the wider issues raised by the coroner following the inquest into the death of Lucia Ciccioli?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am determined to eliminate death and serious injury on London’s roads. It is vital that we learn lessons from incidents such as the tragic death of Lucia Ciccioli to reduce danger on our roads.

At this specific location, in response to recommendations by the coroner in his Prevention of Future Deaths report, both the London Borough of Wandsworth and Transport for London (TfL) have moved quickly to address immediate remedial works, while also commencing an investigation of alternative layout designs with a view to reporting back to the Coroner by December 2019. More widely, TfL has an extensive infrastructure programme designed to target the most vulnerable road users and overhaul the worst performing junctions. This includes reducing speed limits in Central London to 20mph, upgrading 73 of the most dangerous junctions, and significantly increasing the amount of segregated cycle facilities.

These physical interventions complement the work TfL is doing to enable more cycle training in schools, carrying out targeted enforcement activity, and introducing the world’s first Direct Vision Standard for all lorries over 12 tonnes operating in greater London. Along with enhanced design standards (detailed in my recent Cycling Action Plan), all this work will help ensure tragic deaths like Lucia’s are eradicated from our road network once and for all.