London targets further road casualty reductions

June 10 2015  

London targets further road casualty reductions
Boris Johnson has set a new target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on London’s roads following new figures which show the capital has already achieved a 40% reduction in casualties.
The Mayor is now pledging to halve road KSIs – compared to the Government base line – by 2020. This would mean a reduction of more than 14,000 deaths or serious injuries over the life of London's road safety plan.
Newly published statistics for 2014 show that, compared to 2013, road KSIs were down 7% with figures for pedestrians and car occupants each reaching their lowest ever levels. The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured was down 12%, despite huge increases in the number of people cycling.
Mr Johnson said: “These figures show quite clearly that road safety in the capital continues to head in the right direction. However, with a growing population and more people on our roads, we'll have to pull out all the stops to ensure that such positive trends continue.”
Transport for London (TfL) managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels added: “We will be relentless in pursuing the Mayor's new target.”
TfL said a range of work is already under way to improve road safety, including major infrastructure improvements as part of the Mayor's £4Bn Road Modernisation Plan and enforcement of safer freight vehicle designs.
London Road Safety Council spokesman Mark Bunting welcomed the new target as well as the fact that a 40% reduction in KSIs had been achieved six years ahead of schedule. “We believe the setting of this target helped to galvanise the partnership working that has been vitally important in efforts to reduce casualties on London’s roads,” he said.
He added: “Our ultimate desire is that there should be zero deaths on the capital’s roads, but the success in reducing casualties so far is an important step in the right direction.”
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