Woman killed after collision on notorious Lambeth Bridge roundabout


A woman has died after being hit by a tipper truck on Lambeth Bridge roundabout this morning. The woman, who has not yet been identified, is the 5th person to have been killed cycling in London in 2015.

The collision took place on the Westminster side of Lambeth Bridge - a notorious roundabout. A witness told the Evening Standard: "The front wheel of the bike was completely squashed under the front wheels of the lorry. The bike was on the lorry's left."

Another added: "The lorry was stopped on the roundabout at the junction of the bridge and Millbank, and the bike was under the front left wheel. The front wheel was trapped under the lorry".

The redesign of this junction to provide safe space for cycling is urgently needed. Sadly, while plans were consulted on by Transport for London following recommendations from London Cycling Campaign, no action was taken after the consultation.

In late 2012, a London Cycling Campaign workshop, facilitated by experts from the Dutch Cycling Embassy, saw representatives from Transport for London, local councils and cycling and walking campaigns work together to produce a people-friendly redesign of Lambeth Bridge and its approaches. Presenting the outcome of the workshop at the conference on 18th October, Dutch Cycling Embassy expert Marjolein de Lange agreed with an earlier call by LCC for a Dutch-style roundabout on the Westminster side.

In January 2013 Transport for London announced in their response to the consultation: "..having considered responses to consultation, and following concerns voiced by Westminster City Council, we have decided not to proceed with these planned initial improvements at Lambeth Bridge northern roundabout. Instead, we will concentrate our resources on developing more substantial improvements that meet the expectations of Westminster City Council and other stakeholders." No action followed the consultation.

Tipper trucks have been involved in four out of the five cycling fatalities in London in 2015 so far. On 20 January 2015, 29-year-old Stephanie Turner was killed by a 32 ton tipper lorry at the junction of Amhurst Park and Seven Sisters Rd in Stamford Hill. On 2 February, Akis Kollaros was killed by a tipper lorry on Homerton High Street. On 6 February, Federica Baldassa was killed by a Greggs delivery truck at the junction of Vernon Place and Bloomsbury Square. Along with the redesign of our streets to provide safe space for cycling, London Cycling Campaign is calling for the adoption of safer lorries, with direct vision cabs - such as those on show at the CLOCS conference earlier this year - that give the driver a direct view of pedestrians and cyclists in close proximity to their vehicle.

Campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists will hold a vigil for the woman on Monday 20th April at 6.30pm. More info is on their website.