Westminster Conservatives have rejected residents’ plea for a 20mph speed limit on Elgin Avenue despite a petition from over 250 local residents and an accident record of 33 accidents over the 36 months from June 2011 to May 2014.
According to the Council’s records there were 33 accidents over the 36 months from June 2011 to May 2014.
• One of the accidents was a fatal personal injury accident
• 8 were serious personal injury accidents
• 24 accidents involved slight personal injuries
11 of the accidents occurred at the junction of Elgin Avenue with Shirland Road. The Council say that a road safety scheme will now be designed for this junction.
The police say that the average speed of traffic along Elgin Avenue is 31 mph and three of the accidents were speed related:
• One occurred at the junction of Elgin Avenue and Shirland Road and involved a vehicle turning right at speed on an amber light and colliding with a motorcycle
• The second was south west of the junction of Elgin Avenue and Shirland Road and involved a vehicle reversing at speed and colliding with a pedestrian crossing the road; and
• The third was at a junction of Elgin Avenue and Chantry Close and involved a vehicle travelling at speed and colliding with a vehicle waiting to turn right then colliding with a vehicle wanting to go ahead, which hit another vehicle that then hit another vehicle.
• The first two were serious injury accidents and the third was a slight personal injury accident.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“It is very disappointing that despite an accident rate of one a month, including one death, the Council refuses to introduce a 20mph speed limit on Elgin Avenue. At the very least, the Council should introduce a pilot scheme to see if we can reduce accidents on this busy residential road.”
Petition information – http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/ElginAvenue/