An interesting article in the Sunday Telegraph

“Street closures introduced as part of the Government’s “green roads revolution” are delaying ambulances from helping seriously-injured cyclists, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
One cyclist was left lying hurt in the middle of the road in pouring rain after a single road closure introduced by town hall bosses forced paramedics on a seven-minute detour.
It was one of a series of delays to life and death situations that came to light after a catalogue of “incident reports” sent to London authorities were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The dossier reveals how ambulances have been struggling to cope with the new road layouts created as part of Grant Shapps’s £250million scheme to promote walking and cycling.
One report submitted to Southwark Council highlights how paramedics responding to 999 calls repeatedly encountered bollards and planters, often after discovering satellite navigation systems were not keeping up to date with new road closures.
A London Ambulance Service emergency planning officer told how there were five incidents in as many days around just a few newly closed streets in Dulwich when paramedics were held up while responding to 999 calls.
On Aug 29 last year there was a “seven-minute delay reaching a cyclist laying on the road in the pouring rain due to [a] closure on Calton Avenue, and needed to divert around the closure”, the officer wrote.
The following day, a crew was delayed 10 minutes due to the creation of another “low traffic neighbourhood”.
On Sept 3, there were three separate incidents also around Calton Avenue. The first was a 10-minute delay in reaching a patient due to road “closures plus traffic congestion locally”, another resulted in a “significant delay”.
However, one caused a “long detour” because of barriers on Calton Road which meant a six-minute hold-up in reaching a CAT 1 – or critically ill – patient.”
Councillor Catherine Rose, Southwark’s cabinet member for roads, saidf or tnightly meetings with emergency services meant they had “developed the right local solutions” to road closures, including introducing automatic number plate recognition cameras to allow ambulances access but fine motorists who ignore road closed signs.
She added: The Ambulance Service has raised Calton Avenue with us and we are actively working with them and TfL, to identify a solution.”

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