Unacceptable to delay anti-suicide work at Archway Bridge
07 July, 2017
• IT has now been many months since Haringey and Islington agreed to anti-suicide measures on the Archway Bridge. Transport for London should be installing these anti-suicide measures.
On hearing news of the most recent suicide, the leader of Islington Council described the speed of TfL’s response to the agreed need for the suicide measures as “shambolic” (Anger over latest suicide at ‘suicide bridge’, June 30).
The recently-installed Islington Council CCTV cameras on the bridge have almost certainly helped prevent suicides but, though helpful, this solution is not enough.
There is very strong scientific evidence that physical measures preventing suicides from happening do indeed save lives – they do not simply divert suicide attempts to other places.
Our heartfelt feelings go out to the family and friends of the victims. Everyone understands that designing and manufacturing anti-suicide measures that succeed (as in Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge) is difficult and that any changes must try to preserve the beauty of an iconic Victorian bridge as far as possible, but this level of delay is unacceptable.
CLLR DAVE POYSER
CLLR JANET BURGESS
Deputy leader, Islington Council
PROFESSOR DAVID MOSSE
Chair, Haringey Suicide Prevention Group
DR RACHEL GIBBONS
Psychiatrist, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey
Mental Health Trust
Islington Faiths Forum