The huge support for my post suggesting TfL should answer corporate manslaughter charges was moving. Our case is that TfL did not act promptly on a report it commissioned condeming the Kings Cross road junctions – the junctions are still overwhelmingly the same now as three years ago when the report was written. TfL bureacrats have failed, someone is now dead.
We have used this website to help organise a number of campaigns over the years. My campaigning method is to share thinking as it emerges rather than plot secretly. That way you get a stronger basis for action. Whilst i understand that people want to protest, demonstrate etc that hasn't been my emphasis, my own interest is in the hard yards of getting the broken bureacracies held to account to change. If someone does wish to organise a protest then this site would be happy to help co-ordinate.
Over the weekend I have begin piecing together how the systems work. The death should be investigated by the Met's Road Death Investigation Unit. Their report will go to the St Pancras Coroner Andrew Scott Ried in a hearing likely to be in May 2012.
I spoke with the Coroners Officer who is the case officer. And have written to the Coroner enclosing a copy of the TfL-commissioned report, making the basic case. I asked him to consider raising the issue of corporate manslaugher with the CPS by making a statment or writing following his inquest.
I have left a voicemail with the police on the number they advertised asking for witnesses to say that i have new information. I shall find the correct officer on Monday and write to the senior officer there enclosing a copy of the TfL-commissioned report.
Corporate Manslaughter is prosecuted by the CPS, with the head of the CPS making the decision. There is avery good guide to prosecuting corporate manslaughter online When i have spoken to the police I shall also write to the Director of Public Prosecutions. There's also a handy HSE guide.
TfL is a politically controlled body with the Mayor in ultimate charge. The Mayor's Transport Commissioner is before the GLA for his regular question time in early November. I need to find a GLA member to raise the issue with him. By complete coincidence last week Jenny Jones AM challenged the Mayor to ride Kings Cross with her. So i shall see if she will raise the wider issue in former questions (I have to say that riding around Kings Cross on an inspection tour is frankly lethal without a police escort).
I've also been looking at the excellent, if harrowing RoadPeace resources on road safety.
Questions on my mind:
Who was consulted locally by TfL on their undelivered 'Kings Cross Junction Improvement Scheme'? Did we all miss it? Download Kings Cross junction improvement scheme The Camden Cycling Campaign was consulted but who else saw this locally? The changes proposed seem very poor, and fiddle at the margins. If TfL propose something this trivial they could have implemented it within a few months of the initial report they commissioned that set out the dangers. This TfL document makes a far stronger case for negligence by TfL mangers.
The changes proposed to the York Way bottle neck seem to throw cyclists and vehicles even closer together. Wide vehicles will sterilise the space for cyclists altogether.
Kings Cross is not the only deadly junction in London with a TfL report on it's danger to users – why has TfL not been prosecuted before?
Why has the police Road Death Investigation Unit not in fact investigated TfL?
Why did Camden Council press ahead with S106 funded works on York Way that don't appear to synch with TfL's work?
Suggestions and views welcome in the comments.