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South London cyclist killed in collision involving lorry

Fatal crash happened on South Circular Road in Catford this morning

A London cyclist has been killed in a collision involving a lorry on the South Circular Road in Catford.

The Metropolitan Police Service says that officers were called to the scene at Ravensbourne Park, near Catford railway station, at 6.39am this morning.

The victim, a male cyclist whose age is not yet known, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman said that the cyclist’s next of kin had not yet been informed, and that no arrests had been made.

The South Circular Road was closed in both directions while police collision investigators examined the scene.

The fatal crash comes the day after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan unveiled plans to remove the most dangerous lorries from the capital’s streets by the end of October 2020.

> HGV firms given 12 months to make lorries safer for London cyclists – or face fines

HGVs accounted for just 4 per cent of London’s traffic in terms of miles travelled each year but between 2015 and 2017 were involved in 63 per cent of cyclist fatalities in the capital.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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