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Motorcyclist killed in A12 Newbury Park crash named as TfL reaffirms its commitment to increasing road safety

PUBLISHED: 13:34 01 June 2017

Floral tributes to a motorcyclist killed on the A12 in Newbury Park after a collision with a cyclist

Floral tributes to a motorcyclist killed on the A12 in Newbury Park after a collision with a cyclist

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A motorcyclist that died following a crash on the A12 last week has been named, as activists call for greater safety measures to be introduced on the road.

Waseem Akhtar, 24, an off-licence worker and mechanic from Manor Park, died on Wednesday last week after he collided with a cyclist on an eastbound stretch of Eastern Avenue in Newbury Park.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

A Met spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a 24-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have now been informed.

“A post-mortem examination has since concluded he died of multiple injuries.”

The cyclist he collided with, a man in his 40s, was taken to an east London hospital and has since been discharged.

Mr Akhtar became the latest in a long list of motorcyclists to fall foul of the dangerous road.

Just a day before Mr Akhtar’s death, another cyclist was seriously injured in a crash at the junction with Quebec Road.

In January this year a 52-year-old biker died after being hit by a car at the junction with Studley Drive just before Redbridge Roundabout.

And in March the Recorder reported how Newbury Park residents had petitioned Transport for London (TfL) for greater safety measures for pedestrians at one of the area’s “death trap” junctions.

David Angelou, a biker who lives in Newbury Park, has repeatedly called for drivers on the A12 to pay greater heed to motorcyclists on the road.

He said: “It’s becoming far too regular, particularly on the residential stretches of road, for bikers to be risking their lives and facing nasty crashes.

“The problem is that, even in times of heavy congestion and traffic jams, some drivers aren’t checking their mirrors enough.

“Something needs to be done to make those turnings safer – for everyone.”

Nigel Hardy, TfL’s head of roadspace management sponsorship, said: “Any death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the friends and families of those affected.

“We are assisting the police with their investigations to understand the circumstances surrounding these collisions.

“We are committed to road danger reduction and are implementing a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety across London.”

4 comments

  • Many people believe that how tfl deal with this road should be investigated for instance the traffic lights at junction of a12 to turn into aldborough road north are actually pointing in a wrong direction so cannot be seen for several days causing danger -more time should be spent on safety for pedestrians rather than continually putting out cones in the middle of the night causing disruption to road users and noise for residents . Millions have been spent doing what ?? Disgraceful !!

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    JustAsk Solicitors

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • The crossing near the accident site above is also perilous. When there is slow moving traffic, one has to negotiate crossing the strip between cars and the possibility of motor bikes coming through the middle. I have requested for pelican crossings and this has been rejected. There has already been a couple of accidents with pedestrians and thank God, it was not fatal.

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    Siva Menon

    Friday, June 2, 2017

  • The speed limit on the both east and westbound A12 should be reduced to 30mph between Redbridge roundabout and Gallows corner Romford. Iahve sympathy for those motorcyclists who have been injured or killed BUT there are a lot of idiots out there and you can hear them doing the trafffic lights grand prix. This stretch needs extra traffic policing.

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    resident

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • I was also knocked off at the junction at Studley Drive a few weeks prior to the fatality. The road is a death trap and red light cameras are needed. The speed limit should also be reduced along the residential stretches of road.

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    Michael Hardman

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

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