Local group ramps up campaign to improve Green Lanes road safety

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A car flipped when it hurtled up a curb in Clissold Park on 24 February. (Credit: Clissold Park User Group)

A group in Hackney is renewing its campaign to improve driving safety after a car flipped when it hurtled up a curb in Clissold Park.

The Green Lanes N16 Association (GLAN16), a local traders and residents organisation, said the incident, which took place on 24 February, was a “wake up call” for them to push for stricter safety measures. The cause of the crash (pictured) remains unknown.

They are now calling for more traffic calming measures, such as speed cameras and warning signs, in the high-risk stretch between Newington Green and Clissold Park.

“There have been lots of near misses, particularly on zebra crossings. The traffic goes really fast, very often overtaking by bus stops,” Hilary King, GLAN16’s secretary, told the Hackney Post on 7 March. “Some pedestrians have been knocked down. It’s the sort of thing that happens quite a lot and doesn’t get reported to the police.”

Clissold Park car crash
A car flipped when it hurtled up a curb in Clissold Park on 24 February. Credit: Clissold Park User Group

Since 1994 there have been four fatalities on Green Lane, King claimed, and in 2005 a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run. The incident left him in a wheelchair.

King said: “It’s just waiting for someone else to get killed, and we don’t want that.”

To alleviate residents’ concerns, the group has heard of council plans to install six radar speed signs – signs that flash when a motorist is travelling too fast – on the road.

However, King is still not convinced.

“If that’s all they’re doing that doesn’t sound like quite enough. There have been absolutely no dates put forward as to when that’s going to happen.”