Greenwich Council plans to improve cycle death junction

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Plans are being prepared to improve safety at the Woolwich Road flyover in Greenwich after it was branded “exceptionally dangerous” at an inquest into the death of a cyclist.

Greenwich Council is finalising a plan to enhance the A102-A206 junction, nearly two years after Adrianna Skrzypiec died after being dragged until the wheels of a lorry for 142 metres as she tried to use the roundabout underneath the flyover.

Woolwich Coroners’ Court heard there were no witnesses and no CCTV footage of the incident, reports the News Shopper. Motorist Kirsty Black said she heard a loud bang as she waited at traffic lights.

“The lights there are exceptionally dangerous,”
she said. “The phasing of them is very badly managed and they’re badly positioned. Other accidents have already happened. There are going to be more.”

Coroner Shanta Deonarine recorded a verdict of accidental death and the cause of death was given as multiple injuries. A lorry driver had been arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but the case was dismissed before it went to court.

A council statement said it sent its “heartfelt condolences” to the family and friends of Ms Skrzypiec. It continued: “The Council recognsises the importance of having safe routes for cyclists across the borough – an important part of the Council’s policy to encourage cycling in Greenwich. The Council has been working on plans to devise a new scheme for cyclists at this junction which are being finalised before being put to councillors.”

Transport for London will need to approve any scheme, as the A206 is deemed a “strategic road” and it would also provide funding. No details of what the council is planning are available, but its highways committee is expecting to see proposals at a future date.

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