Boris hails huge improvements to road safety in London during last ten years

As part of our intention to be “partisan politics” impartial, we published an article yesterday which showed the Conservative led Barnet Council in a bad light, so to balance this, we now show what the Conservative led  City Hall has managed with road safety in London.

  • 57 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured since mid to late nineties
  • 49 per recent drop in number of fatalities on London’s roads

New figures published by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) show how road safety in London has improved dramatically over the last ten years exceeding both Government and City Hall targets.

In the same week that the United Nations declared 2011 to 2020 a Decade of Action for Road Safety, the new TfL figures reveal how deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads have dropped by a staggering 57 per cent over the last decade.

This trend is continuing. Last year, the first time since records began in the 1970s, the number of fatalities fell below 150 to 126, which represents a 32 per cent reduction compared with 2009, and a 49 per cent reduction since the mid to late nineties.

What’s more, figures recently published by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that London is considerably below the national average in terms of fatalities at 24 per million people, compared to a UK average of 38 per million.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London’s roads are now much safer than they were a decade ago and the Metropolitan Police, London Boroughs and Transport for London all deserve praise as other countries look to our lead. But there is still much more to be done, especially around the safety of cyclists on our streets, and that is exactly why we continue to fund road safety schemes across the Capital. A great deal has been achieved in the Capital but if we are to continue to reduce casualty levels we must not lose our focus in this important work and I welcome the UN’s Decade of Action.”

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Road safety is something that TfL takes exceptionally seriously. The £14.8 million we will be directly spending on road safety schemes across London during 2011/12 will look to build on the tremendous achievements we have achieved in the last ten years, as well as further reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the Capital’s roads every year.”

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