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Friend of teen killed on Crow Lane blackspot backs road safety plans

PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 September 2014 | UPDATED: 07:25 19 September 2014

Lauren Brown, 16, was a pupil at Havering College

Lauren Brown, 16, was a pupil at Havering College

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The best friend of a Romford teenager killed at an accident blackspot is backing plans to improve safety on the road.

Speed humps and other traffic calming measures are proposed for Crow Lane – a 2km stretch of road on which five people have died in five years.

Lauren Brown, 16, died after being hit by van driver Stephen Tilbury at more than 40mph in a 30mph zone, at 10pm on June 28 last year.

Mr Tilbury, who was nearly three times over the legal drink-drive limit, also died in the collision near Whalebone Lane South.

On Tuesday, Havering Council’s highways advisory committee agreed plans to introduce £85,000 traffic calming measures on the road – a move welcomed by Lauren’s friend Molly Galvin-Law.

The 18-year-old, who lives near Crow Lane, said: “I think it’s the best thing to do.

“Obviously if anything can be prevented from happening in the future, it’s the right thing to do, and I’m happy to see something being done.”

The proposals, following a public consultation, would see several humps – or speed tables – built at intervals along the road.

Narrowing of the road through a kerb build-out is also planned at the Jutsums Lane mini-roundabout, which will be raised.

The report says the safety improvements will minimise accidents along Crow Lane, where there have been 23 accidents resulting in injuries over a five-year period up to November 2013. Three incidents altogether caused five deaths.

The council was asked to look at new safety measures at the blackspot by the coroner at the inquest into Lauren’s death.

Environment boss Cllr Robert Benham will be asked to rubberstamp the proposals.

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