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TfL brings forward Battersea Bridge plans after runner's death

Runner's World UK logo Runner's World UK 24/02/2021 Jane McGuire
  • Plans to make Battersea Bridge safer for pedestrians have been brought forward by TfL after a runner was killed there on January 13.
  • Jack Ryan, aged 29, was struck by a Range Rover at the junction of Battersea Bridge and Beaufort Street/Cheyne Walk while out for a run.

Following the death of runner Jack Ryan, more than 250,000 people signed a petition to improve safety for pedestrians on Battersea Bridge. Proposed changes include a signalised pedestrian crossing on the north side of the bridge.

TfL is said to be working with the local community on the matter, to deliver the critical changes ‘as quickly as possible’.

London walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman said the work on Battersea Bridge will make a difference to pedestrians. ‘Making London’s streets safe for vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, is a top priority, and we have taken immediate action to bring forward our proposals for this area after a man was tragically killed on Battersea Bridge earlier this year,’ said Norman.

Penny Rees, TfL head of healthy streets delivery, said, ‘Any death or serious injury on London’s streets is one too many and we are absolutely committed to making the capital’s roads safer for everyone.’

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