Silvertown father’s warning after cyclist’s death
PUBLISHED: 12:08 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:15 21 February 2017
A father using the same route as a cyclist killed in a lorry crash has warned it could happen again.
David Crompton from Silvertown uses the cycle track running along the North Woolwich Road everyday on his way to work, but warned the route remains a threat in spite of the death of Ben Wales, the third cyclist to die on London’s roads within four days earlier this month.
Asked whether there was a possibility of another cyclist losing his or her life on the route, David, who lives in Barrier Point Road with his wife and child, said: “Absolutely, yes.
“The road is very poorly maintained, busy and lorry drivers have poor visibility there.”
The 35-year-old City consultant explained how the high level of development around the cycle path has led to part of it being closed, forcing cyclists to either change route or get off and push.
“The replacement route that has been put there is not wide enough. There’s a narrow corridor I can’t cycle down,” he added.
“And the quality of the road around the site is just mud. Lots and lots of mud. It’s a problem because the road and path are close to each other. If you have a bump you could fall into the road.”
David called for cyclists to have right of way all along the track which is split in places to allow access to side roads and building sites, similar to arrangements in nearby Cable Street.
He also urged that the track not be dug up without a safe alternative provided.
“Using the road or dismounting is not an option, especially for vulnerable road users,” he said.
In response, a Newham Council spokeswoman said: “We are saddened to hear about this tragic death, which is still under investigation by the police. The council has conducted a site visit and is also meeting with the relevant agencies to discuss the safety of all road users in that area.
“The council is currently working to develop proposals to transform the A1011 Silvertown Way and A1020 North Woolwich Road from Canning Town Station to Connaught Bridge, which will upgrade the street environment and ensure it is safer for cyclist and pedestrians.”
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