Painter spells out safety message for Tollington Road buses
Resident holds up billboard for drivers who he says treat busy Tollington Road 'like a race track'
01 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser
Morgan Penn holding a placard message for bus drivers on Tollington Road
A PAINTER who says bus drivers use the road outside his house like a “race track” is planning to hold up a giant billboard all week urging them to slow down.
Morgan Penn is calling on Transport for London (TfL) to impose a 20mph limit in Tollington Road.
The 51-year-old believes it is only a matter of time before a serious accident happens.
He said: “It is reaching a critical point. Every couple of minutes buses hurtle along this road like it’s a race track. I pretty much see a near-miss every day.
“My biggest concern is for the schoolchildren. We have several schools nearby and pupils are walking around talking to each other and they’re not always concentrating.”
Montem Primary School and Pakeman Primary school are both close by.
Islington introduced a 20mph limit on all its roads in 2012, but Tollington Road is part of TfL’s network and is under its authority.
It has not imposed the speed limit on this stretch.
Mr Penn, who is a portrait artist, pinned a sign to a lamp post a few weeks ago saying “Buses Please Slow Down”, with flowers below it.
The father-of-two said: “I was trying to put a seed of doubt in the back of their minds that might make them slow down.
“But it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference, so the next plan of action is to do this massive sign.
“Every time I see a bus going too fast I am going to flash the sign at them.”
Mr Penn took the issue to his MP, Jeremy Corbyn, who has contacted TfL.
In Islington, 161 people were injured in a collision with a bus between January 2014 and September 2018 and two people died, according to a study by the GMB trade union.
A TfL spokesperson said: “We are aware of calls to reduce the speed limit on Tollington Road. This is included in our proposals for lower speed limits by 2024 as well as a new cycle route between Camden and Tottenham, which we are currently engaging local communities on.
“We are investigating how a 20mph limit could align with the proposed new route by reviewing findings from recently conducted surveys.
“We are training all 25,000 bus drivers and working with bus operators on safe speeds, as well as introducing intelligent speed assistance (ISA) on all buses. We are committed to our Vision Zero approach to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s roads, including improving junctions, introducing a new Bus Safety Standard and working closely with the Metropolitan Police to enforce illegal and careless driving.”