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Bike Crash at the junction of Whitmore Road and Drury Road prompts road safety plea

Biker 'left for dead' after collision with car prompts calls for greater safety measures on North London road

A North London council has been urged to install greater safety measures on a residential road after allegations a motorcyclist was ‘left for dead’ after being hit by a car. A resident has slammed the council for failing to act after warning  last year that the road was an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

At a recent meeting of Harrow Council’s Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel (TARSAP) (13 May), the committee was told it needs to ‘act much faster’ in putting a pedestrian island at the junction of Whitmore Road and Drury Road following an alleged collision between a motorbike and a car last year.

Local resident, Dipaque Bhatt, is calling for the safety measures to be installed after stopping to help the injured rider following the crash. He said it needs to be done ‘before another accident happens’ having previously raised concerns about the potential risk.

Dipaque claimed: “I wanted to go to the gym but in the end I had to stop, the motorcyclist was on the ground in complete pain. A driver had cut the corner […], broke this guy’s leg, and just left them there for dead.”

He added: “What I’d like to see […] is to a pedestrian island in the middle of the road. To prevent motorists cutting the corner; for slowing the cars entering the road; and to give pedestrians a safe space somewhere they can cross the road safely and make their journey safely.”

Dipaque claimed that 90 per cent of the cars are cutting the corner ‘day in day out’ and is, therefore, not simply a motoring offence but a matter for the council to resolve. He suggested road safety should be ‘quite a big deal’ to the panel, adding: “This is a serious injury, he’s got a broken femur.”

The chair of the committee, Cllr Ameet Jogia. Image: Ameet Jogia Twitter

The chair of the committee, Cllr Ameet Jogia, said: “I appreciate that this is a very serious incident. In terms of next steps, the collision at the junction of Drury Road and Whitmore Road is still under investigation by the Police. This means that it is not possible to recommend any specific measures for improvement at this stage as the details of the incident are not known.”

He added: “The Police will be carrying out speed and volume checks in Drury Road as an unrelated task. When we have further information from these investigations, we will be able to advise on what action we will take, should any be required.”

However, Dipaque thinks the council ‘needs to act faster’ in case ‘someone gets run over there tomorrow, or the day after’ because greater safety measures hadn’t been installed. He said: “I actually warned this panel last year that something was going to happen, something’s now happened and we are still in this state of limbo where we are still waiting.”

Cllr Jogia agreed that the council does ‘need to act faster’ and he will try through ‘other measures’ to address the concerns whilst the legal proceedings for the case conclude. He added: “I will, as a matter of priority, make sure that we chase up the police on the investigation so that we can move forward to decide what we can do next.”

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