This report is written subjectively, but I assure any reader that these are fully true and accurate accounts.
A small black car, that looked like a Vauxhall Corsa, sport tuned in its external appearance, has crashed at the entrance of Swinton Street early morning today. I saw the occupants who appeared to be under 25 awaiting their stationary car’s removal in a rescue truck this morning at 6.30 am (the car itself was in front of the news agent at the corner of Swinton Street, on the pedestrian walk). The entire left front of the car including its left frontal wheel appeared to be damaged, consistent with an impact crash to the left. I looked around if I could see a crashed lamp-post or any item that the car could have crashed into, but the only thing I could see was the slightly raised concreted track guidance on the left side of the entrance of Swinton Street. At the entrance of Swinton Street the road is widened with the mentioned track guidance, to allow cars more space to negotiate the sharp corner, difficult enough at current speeds of 30 miles an hour. It is a presumption of mine, but the only way I can explain this car’s crash at this location and in the way I found it is that the driver of the crashed car sped its way down Pentonville Rise and then tried to corner at a speed that was too high for this manoeuvre into Swinton Street. This would be consistent with at least one accident I observed at this corner. I regret that I didn’t have my mobile phone with me to take a picture. But I felt it would be important to capture this here, as it at least one other story of a typical incident within the gyratory system at Kings Cross, where large two to three-lane unidirectional roads are combined with excessive speed. Whenever the lanes are more empty, such as at night, some car drivers take advantage of what must appear to them to be an urban motor-way that can take higher speeds (it may do technically, but not without endangering many local people).
Other recent incidents noted by me:
High speed was also observed by me this Tuesday around 9.20 am when I took my youngster to nursery (so at a time when little ones of our Kings Cross community hit the streets) and typically, I regret to say, a motor-bike rider sped up at tremendous speed in Acton Street.
I also observed twice within the last ten days a car and a motorbike (each time involving different vehicles) trying to race each other out at high speed at a time of relatively empty roads in the day-time on Pentonville Road (East-bound).
Finally it happened to me twice recently that cars ignored their red light at the pedestrian crossing at the entrance into Swinton Street.
Whilst my comments may be perceived to be subjective reports without additional concrete evidence, I invite anyone who reads this to add their recent observations into the comments. This I hope will at least serve as a reference point to any consultation on the impact and experience of other road users in the gyratory system (like to local residents and others who may just travel through the area on a regular basis). It is also worthwhile to contact your Kings Cross area councillor and TfL.
TfL has announced to review the gyratory system recently and speed tests were planned for this year on some of the roads, following residents complaints, including one made by myself.