Islington danger junction finally under review
By abi_silvester | Monday, November 14, 2011, 17:21
The junction at Madras Place, crossing Holloway Road, has long been considered an accident black spot, following the death of a cyclist in 2008 and many more 'near misses' that have happened since. Now, after a series of setbacks and a spirited campaign by cyclists, it looks like something is finally being done about the notorious crossing.
Cyclists campaign for a safer crossing at Madras Place. The planned pelican crossing has been awaited for more than three years.
The tragic death of Lisa Pontecorvo happened more than three years ago, but the junction where she was knocked off her bike and killed by a cement mixer has remained unchanged until now. TfL red tape was blamed for the delay in redesigning the junction, with many angry and concerned messages appearing online from cyclists, pedestrians and drivers alike.
On a campaign website run by Islington Lib Dems, one concerned motorist wrote: "[I] can see that this crossing is very dangerous for cyclists. In general the provision for cyclists is inadequate and needs to be addressed"
Meanwhile, "S.J" from N5 pointed out that 'cyclist Boris should certainly know this crossing, just yards from his own house'. But TfL has stuck to its original statement that no work could be carried out until late 2011.
Looking forward, work is now beginning on the installation of a brand new system at Madras Place: a pelican crossing which will run across Holloway Road and into adjacent Fieldway Crescent. Notice of the development is currently available to view at the junction.
Do you think the proposal will solve the problem?