Car flipped on its side in Wimbledon Hill Road, at junction with Worple Road

Wimbledon Guardian: Car flipped on its side in Wimbledon town centre Car flipped on its side in Wimbledon town centre

A car flipped onto its side after crashing into a bell bollard in Wimbledon town centre.

Police were called to Wimbledon Hill Road at the junction with Worple Road at 1.20pm to reports of a collision.

Wimbledon Guardian: Car flipped on its side in Wimbledon town centre

Wimbledon Guardian: Car flipped on its side in Wimbledon town centre

A witness said the car was turning right into Wimbledon Hill Road when it crashed into the bollard.

The male driver was helped from the car by police, but did not suffer serious injuries.

It is understood no other cars were involved in the accident.

Traffic is being diverted from Worple Road near the junction as fire officers remove the car from the road.

Wimbledon Hill Road is closed both ways at Worple Road but was reopened by 4pm.


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4:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

alphabeti says...

There is no right turn for cars from Worple Road onto Wimbledon Hill Road. From the photo it looks as though it was turning INTO Worple Road.

The junction is very badly designed. When the lights change there is always a steady stream of traffic approaching from Wimbledon Bridge. Drivers may gamble on beating the approaching traffic which is very dangerous for any pedestrians who may be trying to cross as well as making it more likely an accident will occur by clipping the bollards.

It would be far safer to rephase the lights to have a dedicated right turn only filter.
There is no right turn for cars from Worple Road onto Wimbledon Hill Road. From the photo it looks as though it was turning INTO Worple Road. The junction is very badly designed. When the lights change there is always a steady stream of traffic approaching from Wimbledon Bridge. Drivers may gamble on beating the approaching traffic which is very dangerous for any pedestrians who may be trying to cross as well as making it more likely an accident will occur by clipping the bollards. It would be far safer to rephase the lights to have a dedicated right turn only filter. alphabeti
  • Score: 2

11:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

wobwoba says...

Entirely the drivers fault. they are always in a rush in that part. amusing to see cars outside elys reguarly goina thru reds outside health zone. also the lights near police station to broadway are broken - ten minute red light
Entirely the drivers fault. they are always in a rush in that part. amusing to see cars outside elys reguarly goina thru reds outside health zone. also the lights near police station to broadway are broken - ten minute red light wobwoba
  • Score: 5

12:16pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Mordenman says...

Again? I'm afraid this is going to keep on happening. The intentions may well be good but the concept is very flawed. This is a very dangerous junction which like many others in the Borough has been very poorly thought through.
Instead of deterring drivers junctions like this encourage them to jump lights putting pedestrians and cyclists at risk.

I have to say that the Traffic Management department in Merton Council has never been any good, they don't understand traffic or drivers and never will. The Borough is full of badly designed junctions and crossings that achieve nothing and actually endanger residents.
Again? I'm afraid this is going to keep on happening. The intentions may well be good but the concept is very flawed. This is a very dangerous junction which like many others in the Borough has been very poorly thought through. Instead of deterring drivers junctions like this encourage them to jump lights putting pedestrians and cyclists at risk. I have to say that the Traffic Management department in Merton Council has never been any good, they don't understand traffic or drivers and never will. The Borough is full of badly designed junctions and crossings that achieve nothing and actually endanger residents. Mordenman
  • Score: 2

10:12am Thu 17 Apr 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

The drivers that hit this bollard deserve all they get, they are obviously not paying proper attention. But, sooner or later one of these cars is going to badly injure, or worse, an innocent pedestrian. For that reason this bell must be removed. Ban any right turns from Wimbledon Hill, & make them go around the one way system.
The drivers that hit this bollard deserve all they get, they are obviously not paying proper attention. But, sooner or later one of these cars is going to badly injure, or worse, an innocent pedestrian. For that reason this bell must be removed. Ban any right turns from Wimbledon Hill, & make them go around the one way system. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Thu 17 Apr 14

alphabeti says...

Hove Ex-Pat wrote:
The drivers that hit this bollard deserve all they get, they are obviously not paying proper attention. But, sooner or later one of these cars is going to badly injure, or worse, an innocent pedestrian. For that reason this bell must be removed. Ban any right turns from Wimbledon Hill, & make them go around the one way system.
I agree the bollards are dangerous but poor planning has a part in the congestion and impatience. When turning right onto Worple you have to wait ages for the lights to change, then wait ages for a gap in traffic or more often than not there is no gap and there's no filter either. The same goes for right turn from Wimbledon Bridge to Alexandia Road. As for pedestrians at the main crossroads there is a massive wait between green signals again encouraging risky behaviour like crossing when cars are trying to negotiate the mess. Not to mention cars/bikes/etc run the lights because they know if they get stopped they will be there FOREVER!

They need to make it easier to turn right not harder and also shorten the sequences to keep traffic flowing.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Ex-Pat[/bold] wrote: The drivers that hit this bollard deserve all they get, they are obviously not paying proper attention. But, sooner or later one of these cars is going to badly injure, or worse, an innocent pedestrian. For that reason this bell must be removed. Ban any right turns from Wimbledon Hill, & make them go around the one way system.[/p][/quote]I agree the bollards are dangerous but poor planning has a part in the congestion and impatience. When turning right onto Worple you have to wait ages for the lights to change, then wait ages for a gap in traffic or more often than not there is no gap and there's no filter either. The same goes for right turn from Wimbledon Bridge to Alexandia Road. As for pedestrians at the main crossroads there is a massive wait between green signals again encouraging risky behaviour like crossing when cars are trying to negotiate the mess. Not to mention cars/bikes/etc run the lights because they know if they get stopped they will be there FOREVER! They need to make it easier to turn right not harder and also shorten the sequences to keep traffic flowing. alphabeti
  • Score: 0

10:17pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Merton pork says...

wobwoba wrote:
Entirely the drivers fault. they are always in a rush in that part. amusing to see cars outside elys reguarly goina thru reds outside health zone. also the lights near police station to broadway are broken - ten minute red light
That's to discourage people from using Queens Road.
[quote][p][bold]wobwoba[/bold] wrote: Entirely the drivers fault. they are always in a rush in that part. amusing to see cars outside elys reguarly goina thru reds outside health zone. also the lights near police station to broadway are broken - ten minute red light[/p][/quote]That's to discourage people from using Queens Road. Merton pork
  • Score: 0

10:35pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Merton pork says...

The roads in Wimbledon are dreadfully designed, and the traffic light sequences favour motorists over pedestrians. A walk from Merton Park to Tesco and back means waiting at 10 pedestrian crossings.

You have to wait at two pedestrain crossings to get from Maplin to Tesco, Santander to Tesco, WH Smiths to Tesco, or Mapline to WH Smiith, Morrisons to Graham Road, Morrisons to Harfield Crescent, TK Maxx to Cancer Research shop, O'Neills to Pizza Hut, or from Wimbledon Wine Cellar to Evans. And none of the pairs of crossings are sequenced for pedestrians. I couldn't design a worse shopping precinct if I tried.
The roads in Wimbledon are dreadfully designed, and the traffic light sequences favour motorists over pedestrians. A walk from Merton Park to Tesco and back means waiting at 10 pedestrian crossings. You have to wait at two pedestrain crossings to get from Maplin to Tesco, Santander to Tesco, WH Smiths to Tesco, or Mapline to WH Smiith, Morrisons to Graham Road, Morrisons to Harfield Crescent, TK Maxx to Cancer Research shop, O'Neills to Pizza Hut, or from Wimbledon Wine Cellar to Evans. And none of the pairs of crossings are sequenced for pedestrians. I couldn't design a worse shopping precinct if I tried. Merton pork
  • Score: 1

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