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Loss of Camden Town traffic lights ‘will lead to fatal crash’

Residents say number of collisions in Bayham Street has increased

31 May, 2018 — By William McLennan

A black cab was in collision with a mini bus on Tuesday

THE removal of traffic lights from a busy junction in Camden Town is going to result in a fatal crash, residents fear.

They say there has been an increase in collisions since the lights were taken away at the junction of Bayham Street and Plender Street seven years ago.

Calls for action were repeated on Tuesday this week after a black cab driver was cut from his vehicle following a collision with a mini-bus.

Richard Caylor, of the Bayham Place tenants’ and residents’ association, said: “If the lights aren’t reinstated there will be someone who is going to die, definitely. If that happens, I will make sure that family who have the bereavement have been given the respective email address of who to pursue at Camden, probably to sue them.”

Labour councillor Roger Robinson has repeatedly asked the Town Hall to re-install the lights. He said: “I have no idea what the rationale was for removing the lights in the first place. I opposed it then and I oppose it now. We had another collision there this week. The whole idea of bringing the traffic lights was to stop this sort of thing.”

A collision in Bayham Street last year

Fellow councillor Samata Khatoon said: “I would like to see the traffic lights re-installed. This junction is very unsafe for the public, buses and vehicles. We need to act on this rather than waiting for another collision.” In response to a photo of the latest collision, which was posted on Twitter on Tuesday, one neighbour said: “Camden Council will just wait for someone to get killed before they do anything about it. Disgusting.”

A moped rider required urgent medical assistance at the side of the road after a collision with a black cab in March last year. The council then said that they had installed a temporary camera at the site to monitor how it is used by vehicles and pedestrians.

Cabinet Member for Improving the Environment Cllr Adam Harrison said this week: “I asked to meet with residents and Somers Town ward councillors on site and so I will be keeping the situation under review.”

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