Campaigners vent anger at TfL over cyclist deaths

Tom Edwards
Transport correspondent, London
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Local campaigners, cyclists and bloggers have highlighted the safety issues of the junction outside Kings Cross station where a cyclist died on 3 October.

In particular, an internal report from Transport for London (TfL) in 2008 highlighted how "aggressive" vehicles were and said "casualties are inevitable".

It also advised "the key crossing should be redesigned".

As yet this has not happened although TfL says there will be changes before the start of the London Olympics in 2012.

The question from campaigners is why has it taken so long. They are also suggesting TfL has failed in its duty of care.

I was shown the problems with the junctions by Sophie Talbot, a local cyclist.

This TV piece shows very clearly the issues faced by cyclists.

I have spoken to TfL which says it is consulting on changes at three junctions at King's Cross that should be ready next year, and the designs will reflect the needs of all road users.

The police investigation has yet to report on what happened on 3 October. The incident room number is 0208 9985319.

I also noticed a lot of cyclists were walking their bikes through that junction - I presume because it is so daunting.

Do you use that junction?

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