The bottom end of Weston street at the junction with Snowsfields is crawling with Police.
Very sadly I saw a body covered in a red blanket, apparently a cyclist has been killed by a collision with a lorry.
When I returned the police tent had gone up to cover the body.
So very sad, my condolences to the persons family.
That juction is very difficult to navigate with the bend in the road as you travel North on Weston Street with the parking bays on the Eastern side of the road. In fact all the small narrow streets around this area are dangerous with visibility ofetn being compromised for parking bays. SC need to decide what the priority is...parking or avoiding accidents (minor to major) and understand that whatever they do they will upset some group, cannot please everyone, and have the balls to get on and do it. But then its SC Traffic Department which has been one of the most reticent, weak and disinterested groups I have ever dealt with. Were they to be held to account for some of the accidents, due to their poor planning decisions, maybe they would pull their finger out and do something useful, instead of spending hard earned council tax that we all seem to see dissapear into a black hole every year.
what an absolute tragedy - we seem to be hearing of bicycle accidents more and more. I cycle daily and the thought doesn't cross your mind that you might be killed; my thoughts to the person's family.
talking of holes on, since building of the Shard has commenced, the holes on Crucifix Lane/St Thomas's Street have become bigger and bigger. They've also coned off half of Crucifix Lane/St Thomas's Street so it is again down to a single lane. Impatient motorists then try and overtake. In addition, motorists coming through the Weston Street tunnel often do so without any regard to traffic/cylists passing as they're only interested in getting across the other side of Weston Street to go towards Long Lane.
The whole area is used by far too much through traffic...the roads are not suitable for it, often with large lorries and even coaches trying to navigate roads such as Weston, Leathermarket and Tanner Streets. Its a joke really and I have ranted about it before, only to hear from out of are drivers moan that they should be allowed access just to drive through. The roads are NOT SUITABLE for heavy traffic and it will lead to more accidents like this.
These lorries are a menace to everyone in this area. The drivers are rude, extremely aggressive and dangerous. This is the second death involving these huge lorries in the last 6 weeks round here.
I'm sick of this to be honest. They travel SOOO fast down these small roads without braking, they just put their hand on the horn and expect everyone to get out of their way.
I was in my car with my son when one of them tried literally pushing me off the road. My son was terrified but I am a very good driver and managed to swerve without hitting anyone else. If I hadn't we would have been crushed.
Why are these lorries allowed to go down these small roads??????
I know long lane was solid this morning due to road works at the junction with Great Dover Street so this may have meant more traffic was using the back roads. These little roads are simply too small to cope with big vehicles -a lot of traffic at that junction ends up on the wrong side of the road or on the pavement. Such a tragic waste of a young life.
I live on Leathermarket Street and there are regular accidents but according to SC they do not affect their road traffic thinking/planning if the damage is only physical to other vehicles or buildings. Only when it happens to people do they affect their criteria for doing anything. Maybe they will start to take these things on board now that people are getting run down. When will these incredibly small side streets be limited to small (car) vehicles only, and then with a 20 speed limit properly enforced. The council has deliberatly engineered a policy encouraging "through" traffic with the reversal of Newcomen Street some years ago and the refusal to make tanner Street No Entry from Tower Bridge Road. It doesn't take rocket science to see why there is heavy traffic on these roads, or how to stop it.