Elephant & Castle Northern Roundabout – Most Dangerous Casualty Blackspot in London

  • Figures just released by Transport for London (TfL) for the period 2008 to 2010 show that the Northern roundabout at the Elephant and Castle has the highest number of road casualties of anywhere in London.
  • There were a total of 89 casualties at the E&C roundabout over this three-year period. This equals one casualty every 12 days.
  • This figure is more than 10% above the next most dangerous spot; a gyratory on the North Circular in east London.
  • The 89 casualties are made up of  1 fatal, 7 serious and 81 slight casualties and the casualties consisted of 6 pedestrians, 36 pedal cyclists, 15 powered two-wheeler riders (motor cycles), 17 car/taxi occupants and 15 bus occupants.  Two of the casualties were children.
  • These figures are released at a time when TfL is actively refusing to implement the safety measures needed to reduce these casualty levels. Its “smoothing the flow” agenda to speed up London’s traffic means that it is unwilling to create safe crossings at surface level around the roundabout that will reduce casualties. In addition, TfL rules out bringing in 20mph speed limits that are proven to cut casualties dramatically in busy urban locations.
  • There is no evidence that casualty levels are falling. There were 27 casualties in 2008 and the figure even rose to 34 in 2009. Thankfully the figure has fallen back slightly to 28 in 2010.
  • The figures will come as no surprise to all those who pass through the area. As well as these shocking numbers, the Northern roundabout and the other TfL roads such as the New Kent Road are a massive barrier to pedestrians and cyclists who want to cross north-south in Southwark. It is vital that TfL makes the whole area safer for every road user by getting rid of the roundabout, having safe crossings at surface level and making the maximum speed 20 miles an hour. We strongly urge TfL to get behind the Living Streets City of 20 campaign which aims to introduce 20 mph on mayoral controlled streets where people live, work and shop. http://livingstreets.org.uk/
  • The figures also reveal other dangerous locations in Southwark. The second most dangerous is the area around Camberwell Green where there have been 40 casualties over the past three years. This highlights the need for dramatic safety improvements especially for pedestrians and cyclists who together made up 40% of these casualties in this location.
  • Below is the chart that shows the full list of the worst blackspots on TfL’s Red Route Network by Borough.

Red Routes Casualties 2008 to 2010-worst in each Borough

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