Councillors call on Mayor to sort dangerous Brixton junction

***UPDATE*** We made the front page of the South London Press Brixton edition!

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IMG_4244Parents of children at Corpus Christi Primary school have joined Brixton Hill’s councillors and Labour’s London Assembly candidate to call on the Mayor of London to make a dangerous Brixton junction after another serious accident this week. Adrian, Florence and Martin met parents this afternoon to see the issue and plan next steps.

The junction of Brixton Hill and Brixton Water Lane was originally named by Transport for London as one of the 100 most dangerous junctions in the whole of London yet the Mayor failed to allocate any funding to make the junction safer and the Better Junctions programme has since been downgraded.

Councillors and the school have been making representations to the Mayor and Transport for London for some time via the local Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross, with the Mayor pledging to take action in a letter to Cllr Tiedemann last year. Ms Shawcross has pledged to write a firm letter to the Mayor demanding an urgent safety review.

On Monday morning, in the latest serious incident at the junction, a woman was hospitalised after being trapped under a lorry. The London Air Ambulance was called into action and there were severe delays to local traffic. In September there were two serious incidents involving motorcyclists nearby.

Cllr Florence Eshalomi, councillor for Brixton Hill and Labour’s candidate for the Lambeth & Southwark seat on the London Assembly next May, said: “Boris Johnson needs to take immediate action to ensure there are no more awful accidents like this on Brixton Hill. It’s not good enough that City Hall named this junction as one of London’s most dangerous then takes no action to save lives and stop injuries.”

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