Joint statement on the Southampton Row/ Theobalds Road junction

The following is a joint statement from the Mayor of London office, Transport for London and Camden Council:

"Ahead of today’s protest at Holborn, our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Dr Marta Krawiec.

"Following on from previous safety measures introduced in this area, we had been working on plans to further improve safety– including new walking and cycling facilities to reduce road danger and measures to reduce traffic dominance and pollution.

"It is with real regret that, like many other schemes in the capital, these plans have not progressed due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s severe impact on TfL’s finances and the lack of a long-term funding agreement for TfL.

"Our sole focus is what happens next. As a priority, we are now working together to speed up a short-term plan to reduce road danger in Holborn, focussing on the Southampton Row and Theobalds Road junction to begin with. We are also looking into longer term proposals to improve cycling safety in the area across Holborn.

"We all remain fully committed to Vision Zero to stop death and serious injury on London’s roads."

Will Norman, London’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner

Penny Rees, Transport for London's Head of Healthy Streets Investment

Cllr Adam Harrison, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden