The Dame says the major issue now is whether the Rotten Borough's insurance will cover accidents on Exhibitionist Rd. A good lawyer will claim that the road signage is quite illegal....over to you 'Boyo' Moylan...
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Man hit by lorry in first crash on 'shared space' of Exhibition RoadMark Blunden
16 Feb 2012
A man suffered head injuries when he became the first to be knocked down in Exhibition Road since it was turned into a "shared space" for pedestrians and drivers.The victim, 25, was in collision with a Scania lorry less than two weeks after the new layout was officially opened by Mayor Boris Johnson and senior Kensington and Chelsea councillors.
The £29 million redesign of Exhibition Road - home to the Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and Science Museum - allows drivers and pedestrians to mix on a high-grade Chinese granite surface.
The redesign levelled the road and pavement, with no yellow lines or road signs to mark the two surfaces, only textured paving to assist blind people.
Officials had hoped the new 20mph speed limit would cut accidents by 30 per cent.
Traders and residents now want the limit reduced to 5mph.
Decio Barroso, manager of The Kensington Crêperie, said: "The guy was crossing the road and a huge truck drove slowly and hit him. The guy was lying on the floor, shaking and screaming. The driver jumped out of the cab to help and a couple helped too."
The accident happened near the junction with Thurloe Place.
Police said the driver was not arrested and the crash is being investigated.
A rally is planned in Exhibition Road a week today by residents, blind campaigners and the Association of British Drivers, to urge the council to improve pedestrian safety.
Gordon Taylor, of the West London Residents' Association, said: "The royal borough appears more concerned with the appearance of Exhibition Road than the safety of pedestrians."
A council spokesman said: "The police have reported that a pedestrian was knocked over by a truck on Monday evening. They are not classifying the accident as a serious one. There are no plans at the moment to lower the 20mph limit but the council will continue to monitor how the new layout is being used."