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Plan to make road in Brent where motorbikes ‘do wheelies on’ a 20mph zone

A road that has seen 14 crashes over the past five years could be turned into a 20mph zone. Concerns about the ‘very dangerous’ Brent street were initially raised by a member of the public last year who said the collisions were so frequent residents had stopped parking their cars along it.

Brent Council has submitted plans to convert Wrottesley Road from a 30mph into a 20mph road following a review of the places with the highest number of traffic collisions. The administration hopes the changes will reduce the number of accidents, while also making walking and cycling in the area safer.

Since 2019, there have been 14 accidents resulting in 15 people injured on Wrottesley Road, according to figures released by the council – two involving pedestrians, one a passenger and two were cyclists. Of those three sustained serious injuries, and a further 12 resulted in more minor injuries.

The plans are out for public consultation until May 31. If approved, 20mph signs will be fixed along the zone, with ‘20MPH’ and ‘SLOW’ markings put along Wrottesley Road to identify them. All redundant signs and posts would then be removed, which the council claims will ‘reduce street clutter and improve [the] street scene’.

A council report states: “Committing to the mayor’s vision zero London strategy and to improve road safety within the borough, each year we identify roads and locations in Brent with the highest number of road traffic collisions. We look at the selected locations to introduce road safety measures to reduce the number of accidents and personal injuries thus, improving road safety.”

The dangerous nature of Wrottesley Road was first raised by a resident, Ms Richard, at a Full Council meeting last year (July 10). At the time, she was unaware that the road was a 30mph zone and, due to the frequency of collisions,  had been requesting better signage to make drivers more aware of a 20mph limit.

Ms Richard said: “I doubt whether any other residential road in Brent has as many accidents as this road. […] Because of the regular collisions in this road, residents tend not to park on it, which allows speeding drivers even more leeway.”

She added: “Motorcyclists particularly like to do wheelies on it. Whilst there have been no fatalities yet, it’s very dangerous to cross for pedestrians – noting we have the Furness Road Primary School close by and the dangerous crossing at the junction of Wrottesley Road and Funess Road, which is used by very young children.”

At the time, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Action, Cllr Krupa Sheth, advised that the road was a 30mph zone but said the level of funding and resources available to deal with these types of requests were ‘not sufficient to cope with demand’ and it would be prioritised by the level of benefit it would have on the road.

She said that the latest data showed three accidents over a three-year period up to 2022 and, based on this information, it is ‘unlikely that Wrottesley Road will be prioritised for traffic calming measures compared to other roads of the borough which are assessed as having a greater priority’. However, it now appears that more up-to-date data has prompted plans to lower the speed limit.