Sunday 19 September 2010

London’s secret violence

On Hoe Street, a short distance from where a BMW driver recently ‘lost control’ and crashed into a lamp post outside The Rose & Crown, another driver has ‘lost control’ and smashed into the Keep Left sign opposite the Arcade site.

But this crash hasn’t been in the local paper and quite probably involved no injury to the driver, so it won’t appear in the annual register of ‘road accidents’, helping to maintain an image of Hoe Street as ‘safe’. Yet in this short section of the A112 drivers have crashed into the railings near the junction with Church Hill, a bus went through the window of MacDonalds, another driver crashed into railings by First Avenue, and another driver recently demolished an advertising panel.