Another road death has strengthened calls for tougher speed limits on Lambeth’s roads, as figures reveal the number of road deaths in the borough has tripled in a year.
So far this year there have been six deaths on Lambeth’s highways, up from just two in 2010, the Green Party said.
Jonathan Bartley, Green Party candidate for Lambeth and Southwark, who is heading the campaign for tougher speed restrictions on the borough’s roads, said: “It is time for some serious action – this cannot go on. It is a matter of life or death.”
He urged the council to work with Transport for London (TfL) to enforce more 20mph speed limits on the borough’s road.
He added: “Introducing a 20mph limit is a cheap, effective and efficient way of cutting road accidents, improving air quality, encouraging cycling and saving lives.
"It even improves the traffic flow for motorists. It’s a sensible move from, which the majority supports, and from which everyone benefits.”
The news comes as an 86-year-old woman was killed in a road traffic collision in Tulse Hill last week.
The incident happened at about 1pm on November 30 on Station Rise at the corner with Christchurch Road.
Ambulance crews and an air ambulance were called to the scene but it is thought the pensioner died shortly afterwards.
Police said the driver of a vehicle involved, a 27-year-old man, had been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He has been bailed until January.
In March, 12-year-old Charlotte Leatherbarrow, who starred in Billy Elliot the Musical, was knocked down near her home in Herne Hill as she ran to a dance class at the South London Dance Studio.
The young ballerina was trapped under a double decker bus for three-and-a-half hours before emergency workers were able to free her – but they could not save her life.
Anyone with information about the Tulse Hill incident should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Of all 32 boroughs in London, only Westminster and Barnet had more casualties on the roads in 2010.
Residents in support of lowering speed limits are being invited to sign an online petition, which has so far been supported by 150 people. To sign the petition visit gopetition.com/petitions/20-mph-speed-limit-on-lambeth- residential-streets.html.