Grange Road residents count the costs of speeding drivers

Another winter’s night, and another car crash on Grange Road in South Norwood.

Near-misses and full-on collisions are commonplace on Grange Road, as this incident last night showed

Pictured left is the scene outside 227 Grange ​Road  at 11pm last night​.

The incident was attended by two ambulances. The young driver involved in the incident, who was driving on the correct side of the road, is not thought to be too badly hurt.

But those residents of Grange Road, who park their cars near their homes, are counting the mounting costs of prangs, scratches and out-right smashes, which are costing them dear, and seeing their insurance premiums soar. “I really do not want someone to die before anything constructive is done,” one worried resident said.

The loyal Inside Croydon reader says that they have had four cars parked outside their house written off as a result of driving incidents. “Both my ​​neighbours have also had cars written off or crashed into on more than one occasion. It used to be mainly when they were parked on the park side of the road; cars parked outside the houses were relatively safe.

“But since the introduction on the new speed check at the top of the road this has changed considerably.”

The resident claims that too many car drivers, as well as out-of-service buses and HGVs, use the road as a cut-through, and many drive far too quickly.

“With the 20mph speed limit at the top of the road being observed because of the monitoring of number plates, ​too many drivers are frustrated and they speed up, often overtaking at high speed on the wrong side of the road just outside my house.”

The resident says that they have two “very narrow escapes” when exiting their own vehicle and nearly been hit by cars speeding on the wrong side of the road.

“Bollards or chicanes or cameras are the only answer on this road,” they say. “This would stop articulated lorries and buses (out of service) using it as a cut through. These vehicles are too big to be travelling on this road.”

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