Wimbledon zebra crossing causes saftey concerns after young woman hit by car


Some residents believe the crossing, where Merton Road meets the Broadway, should be moved.


By Grant Turnbull

A young woman was injured on Wednesday evening after being knocked down by a car in South Wimbledon.

The accident happened just after 8pm at a busy zebra crossing where The Broadway meets Merton Road.

The London Ambulance Service confirmed a first responder ambulance was on the scene within five minutes after worried onlookers called emergency services.

The woman, a Lithuanian in her early 20s, was able to walk but suffered injuries to her back and leg.

She was taken into a nearby shop and treated by paramedics after the accident but was not hospitalised.

Owner of the shop, Tilak Marasingha, 50, said: “I see many accidents that happen here, most of the time the lights don’t work (at the crossing).”

Mr Marasingha said the crossing should be moved further down Merton Road.

Another local businessman, Rahul Patil, 39, said that the young woman rolled over the bonnet and fell on to the floor.

“The speed of the road should be lowered to 20 mph but the zebra crossing is in the right location,” he added.

Regular users of the zebra crossing however worry about its potential danger.

Many drivers, pedestrians and cyclists find it difficult to spot each other, especially at night or in adverse weather.

Parish priest Simon Peat, whose St Winefride’s Church looks onto the crossing, said: “Cars will come down the road quite quickly, six or seven years ago a car crashed into the church wall.”

Residents questioned why local officials have not done more to address the safety issues of the crossing.

Concerns have also been raised about a busy crossroads further down Merton Road, where several accidents have occurred in the last few years. In November, a woman was hospitalised after a car flipped onto its side at the junction.
A statement was not available from the council at the time of writing.

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