Speed measures planned following fatal crash

 

A Croydon industrial estate where a motorcyclist was killed during an illegal display event could get road humps under council proposals being shared with local businesses this week.

Croydon Council plans to install the traffic-calming measures at 10 points along part of Imperial Way in Waddon. The proposals follow the death of Carl Simpson after a collision there with another motorcycle on 10 July.

Since then, council officers have been discussing with both partners in the Metropolitan Police and businesses how to make the industrial estate safer and reduce the likelihood of similar events being held there in future.

Now the council is writing this week to all addresses along the industrial estate asking for their feedback on the planned traffic-calming measures. A public notice will also be placed in local newspapers and on street lights in the area.

The 10 pairs of road humps would be on the stretch of Imperial Way furthest from Purley Way, between where the road forks left and right and its two cul-de-sacs.

The letter to businesses reads: “The road humps will help to prevent anti-social behaviour and the public highway will be restored to full use for the public, especially the more vulnerable road users i.e. pedestrians and cyclists.”

All feedback must be received by 31 August, and the scheme could be in place under delegated powers by the end of October if no material objections are received. Once the humps are in place the council and the Metropolitan Police will continue to jointly monitor the estate’s safety and propose further measures if needed.

“We don’t want another tragic death in Imperial Way like Mr Simpson’s, and we’re proposing these traffic-calming measures both to make the industrial estate safer for local businesses and their customers and to discourage these gatherings that put everyone’s safety at risk.”

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment

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