Saturday 25 April 2009

That deadly junction in Clerkenwell

FURIOUS road safety campaigners have lashed out at Mayor of London Boris Johnson after another near-fatal accident involving a 14-year-old girl at a notorious blackspot junction at King’s Cross. The teenage cyclist was hit by a No 30 bus as she crossed Penton Rise junction with Pentonville Road, in Clerkenwell, on Tuesday morning.

There have been 23 accidents at the spot in the past four years. In 2007 cyclist Madeleine Wright, from Islington Green, died after being crushed under a lorry there.

Following the death of Ms Wright, Cllr Ray held an emergency meeting with officials from Transport for London (TfL) and her colleague, Lib Dem councillor George Allan. “While we talked we actually saw a cyclist being knocked off his bike by a car turning left when he wanted to go straight on,” she said.