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TfL To Improve London Victoria Road Safety After 3 Crashes

Transport for London has said it will continue to “take action to improve road safety” after three women were hit by a bus on different occasions within the space of three years outside a station in London.

The incidents happened outside Victoria Bus Station on August 10, 2021, January 29, 2024 and May 3, 2024 which left two women dead and another fighting for her life.

Melissa Burr died after she was hit by a bus while using a pedestrian walkway outside the station on August 10.

On January 5, the Old Bailey heard that Olusofa Popoola, from Peckham, drove into the back of a stationary bus where he “accidentally” pressed the accelerator rather than the brake pedal.

That bus shunted forward into the pedestrian, who was Melissa, and she was pronounced dead shortly after.

Popoola, 61, was given an 18-month suspended sentence for causing death by careless driving.

Three years later, on January 29, 56-year-old Catherine Finnegan died after she was also hit by a bus at the same junction.

The most recent incident happened on May 3 and a woman was left fighting for her life in hospital – where she still remains.

No arrests have since been made following the incident.

Tom Cunnington, TfL’s Head of Bus Business Development, said their thoughts remain with the victims and that every loss of life on roads and transport networks in London is devastating.

He added that TfL carried out works last year at the bus station to improve pedestrian safety and is now supporting police to see if additional safety improvements are required after the incident on May 3.

He explained: “Safety is our utmost priority in all that we do and we stand ready to do whatever is needed to keep people travelling in London safe.

“This could include a further review of safety at the bus station, subject to the outcome of the ongoing investigation into the incident on May 3.”

In November 2023, the bus station at Terminus Place was closed for around six weeks for “essential works to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility”.

The works included changing parts of the layout, altering road markings, and adding tactile paving.

Catherine’s family has also since paid tribute to their beloved daughter, sister, partner, and most adored auntie.

They said: “Our beloved daughter, sister, partner, most adored auntie and treasured friend Catherine Finnegan, known as Kathleen, lost her life on January 29.

“She will be remembered as a very unique lady who had the fast Irish wit and who made her family and friends so very proud of her bright, clever personality.

“She was a whirlwind in any room and lit up this world with her energy, enthusiasm for life and joy.

“She will be forever in our hearts.”

The full statement from TfL says: “Our thoughts remain with the people who have been killed and seriously injured after collisions in Victoria.

“Every loss of life on London’s roads and transport network is devastating and we have support available for those affected.

“We are taking action to improve safety and last year, we carried out works to Victoria Bus Station to improve pedestrian safety.

“We continue to support the police with their enquiries into the causes of the incident near to the station on 3 May to see if additional safety improvements are required.

“Safety is our utmost priority in all that we do and we stand ready to do whatever is needed to keep people travelling in London safe, which could include a further review of safety at the bus station, subject to the outcome of the ongoing investigation into the incident on 3 May.”