Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Accident at Stafford Road/Sandy Lane South junction

I just witnessed an accident at the junction of Stafford Road and Sandy Lane South in Wallington.

A lorry took out the traffic light at the junction giving a literal meaning to ‘going through the lights’. Fortunately a police car was in the area at the time of the accident and the occupants immediately set about dealing with the situation and directing the traffic. I alerted the  council’s traffic department to the accident too as it is a busy pedestrian crossing serving two schools close by.

Motorists should expect delays at this junction until the lights are operational again and pedestrians crossing here will need to take extra care.


July 22, 2010 - Posted by | Information


  1. Does the council claim for the repairs to the street furniture from the insurance of person who is judged responsible for the accident? Just wondering.

    Comment by TonyB | August 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. Good question, and one I was going to ask of officers informally. However as you have raised the issue I will ask it formally through our members’ enquiry system and report back the response.

    Comment by jaynemccoy | August 16, 2010 | Reply

    • I have received confirmation that the council does seek compensation in relevant circumstances, but this obviously depends on the incident being reported and person responsible identified. In this situation it would be Transport for London (TfL) who would pursue compensation as they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of traffic lights. Can I therefore use this opportunity to ask residents who witness incidents involving damage to council or TfL property that they take down a registration number and pass it on to the council so that compensation can be pursued.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | September 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hi can you tell me if the road has been reopened yet

    Comment by Sarah | October 15, 2013 | Reply

    • Sandy Lane South is still closed to traffic following today’s accident (15th October 2013).

      Comment by jaynemccoy | October 15, 2013 | Reply

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