Cyclist dies at 'notorious' London junction amid safety row

The 47-year-old man was killed in a crash with a lorry

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A cyclist has been killed in a crash with an HGV at a “notorious” junction in south London as campaigners continue to demand improved safety measures.

Police said the man, aged 47, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics on Tuesday.

The collision happened at the Walworth Roundabout in Elephant and Castle shortly after 4pm.

A mangled bicycle could be seen in the road and police cordoned off the area.

The 49-year-old driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and he was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

He was taken into custody at a police station in south London while police continue to investigate.

The man’s family have been informed but he has not yet been formally identified.

He was the fifth cyclist be killed on London roads so far this year amid calls for Boris Johnson to improve road safety.

Charlie Lloyd, from the London Cycling Campaign, said: ““Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the man who died.

“This whole area is notorious for the serious danger it presents to people on bicycles because of the high volumes of lorries and other motor vehicles that pass through.”

Mr Lloyd said it is one of many areas in the capital where bikes are forced to “jockey for position” with HGVs and other traffic.

The group is calling for segregated “Dutch-style” cycling lanes and lower speed limits.