Research shows traffic accidents rose sharply during construction of new Spurs stadium

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Dom Le Roy

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium went through its fair share of frustrations during the construction phase which led to repeated delays of the project, much to the frustrations of some fans (Spurs official).

The club were initially scheduled to move into the state of the art 62,062-capacity venue in 2018 but a series of delays eventually meant that the stadium only officially opened in April of last year for the visit of Crystal Palace.

Not only are the facilities in the venue state of the art but it has also managed to retain the feel of a traditional football arena whereas other relatively recent developments such as the Emirates have struggled with both atmosphere and the vast proximity of the fans to the pitch.

However, it turns out that there is yet another small problem that has cropped up due to the construction of the stadium.

Select Car Leasing, using road safety campaigner’s THINK! crash map, have analysed the before and after data to see how a landmark can have an impact on ‘rubbernecking ‘car accidents in the surrounding area.

Looking at the number of accidents on the Tottenham High Road, Northumberland Park and Worcester Avenue before and after construction began in 2015, they estimate that there has been a 39% rise in road accidents in these areas.

It was revealed that while there were only 8.5 accidents per year on average in these areas between 2013 and 2014, that figure has now gone up to 11.8 per year.

Football.London claim that a number of these accidents could be attributed to motorists wanting to take a sneak peek at the stadium whilst it was being constructed.

Spurs Web Opinion

It is still very much early days at the new stadium and it is clear that both the players and the fans are still getting used to their new surroundings. However, there are a lot of positive signs with the venue so far and I believe the atmosphere will continue to get better as people get more accustomed to the venue.

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