Parents call for Ambleside Avenue junction in Streatham to be made safe
Campaigners have renewed efforts to increase the safety of a junction after filming a bus jumping a red light.
Jonathan Bartley, whose son and daughter attend nearby St Leonard’s School, filmed a 133 bus turning right into Ambleside Avenue from Mitcham Lane while the pedestrian crossing was displaying the green man earlier this year.
Parents and children met on Monday to express their concern and put pressure on Transport for London (TfL) to install a red light camera to catch drivers jumping the lights.
Mr Bartley, who is the Streatham Green Party chairman, said: “This is a daily occurrence, and daily we report the incidents to the bus companies, who then apologise and say they have talked to the drivers, but it keeps on happening.
“Simply, we want the junction made safe.”
In 2008, 33-year-old cyclist Dariusz Banasiak was crushed by a lorry at the junction. Campaigners have been fighting since then to improve the junction.
Mr Bartley, of Tooting Bec Gardens, said efforts to install a camera had been blocked because there had not been any deaths or injuries there in the past 36 months.
Lambeth and Southwark’s London Assembly member Val Shawcross said she would be happy to take the issue up with TfL.
She said: “It’s a dangerous area already without bad driving. “When bus drivers behave illegally like this it’s really a serious employment matter.”
A TfL spokesman said: “In the past 36 months up to May 2012, there have been nine collisions at the junction of Mitcham Lane and Ambleside Avenue, none of which involved pedestrians or were recorded as serious.
“As with all the road junctions on the TfL road network, we will continue to monitor this location to see whether any further road safety improvements can be delivered, but feel that this location would not be suitable for a red light safety camera at this time.”