Friday 14 October 2011 5.40pm
I live round the corner, and this is at least the THIRD incident in a year where a bus has hit a pedestrian on the west side of London Road
, a few yards either side of the junction with Garden Row
All three pedestrians were seriously injured. The first (of the three I've seen) was reported here:
As you can see in the photos, the front window of the bus was bullseyed by the pedestrian's head, and I saw this again on the bus involved in the second accident. This third time, yesterday, the front of the coach was metal at head height, not glass, with no visible damage.
The pedestrian in the first accident was a Greek student, and his treatment for his serious injuries was featured on the TV programme "24 hours in A&E".
I think you should be able to see a clip here:
although for some reason it won't play for me.
One of my neighbours has been in touch with Simon Hughes
MP and others to try and get TfL to remove the contraflow bus lane, which has apparently only been in place for 7 or 8 years. I think Simon Hughes
is progressing it with TfL.
My neighbour is convinced, and I have come to agree with him, that this contraflow bus lane is causing the high level of accidents.
This road design seems to confuse pedestrians, who only look the other way, before stepping straight in front of a bus, which is what seems to have happened for all three of these poor people.
It's really horrible. The first time I only saw the bus, but I felt deeply shocked. This time I saw a crowd of people around the man who had been hit, and people were describing blood flowing from his head, but, truthfully, all I thought, was, oh dear, another one?
This really shouldn't be something that has started to feel routine. I hope he recovers OK.
All the best,