Pedestrian Danger on TfL Red Routes

TfL is now being far more open with casualty data than before and that is very much welcomed. Newly released casualty data from TfL which covers the year 2012 can be found at:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/23293.aspx

The data shows just how many serious and fatal casualties now occur on the TfL managed red routes (termed the TLRN (Transport for London Road Network)) in London.

Overall there is a pattern of danger to pedestrians of fatal or serious injury which has become far more focused on the TLRN over time and especially in the past year (although we do of course need to be careful with a single year’s data). There is a particular problem with the numbers of serious and fatal pedestrian casualties on the TLRN in the Inner London boroughs.

The number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured on the TLRN has risen between 2011 and 2012 from 243 to 323 (an increase of 33%); the numbers of pedestrians killed or seriously injured on borough managed roads have risen from 735 to 799 (an increase of 9%).

So proportionately much of that 15% total rise in fatal and serious pedestrian casualties has occurred on the TLRN. Whereas in 2011, the TLRN made up 24.8% of all pedestrian fatal and serious casualties, in 2012 it makes up 28.8%.

It is important to note that this is a pattern that is not just a one off. Between 2001 and 2012, the proportion of pedestrians who have been killed or seriously injured on the TLRN compared to all pedestrians killed or seriously injured (on any London road) has risen steadily from 21.9% in 2001 to this current level of 28.8%.

Table 1. The proportion of all pedestrians who are killed or seriously injured who are killed or seriously injured on the TLRN

Column 1 – Year

Column 2 – % of serious or fatal pedestrian casualties in London which occur on the TLRN

Col 1

Col 2

2001

21.9%

2002

24.7%

2003

22.3%

2004

22.2%

2005

24.7%

2006

23.4%

2007

25.2%

2008

24.7%

2009

23.9%

2010

25.6%

2011

24.8%

2012

28.8%

In the Inner London boroughs, 44% of all fatal and serious pedestrian casualties occur on the TLRN. Below are the proportions by Inner London borough along with the total number of fatal and serious pedestrian casualties for boroughs which had more than 40 fatal or serious pedestrian casualties in 2012.

Table 2 – Serious and Fatal Casualties on the TLRN in Inner London Boroughs

Column 1 – Borough

Column 2 – Total Fatal and Serious Pedestrian Casualties in that Borough – 2012

Column 3 – % of the fatal and serious pedestrian casualties in the borough which occurred on the TLRN

Col 1

Col 2

Col 3

Lambeth

55

75%

Hackney

48

63%

Southwark

42

60%

Islington

42

57%

Tower Hamlets

66

47%

Westminster

84

25%

Camden

54

19%

If serious and fatal pedestrians were halved in the TLRN in the inner London boroughs, it would lead to a fall of more than 10% in the total number of serious and fatal pedestrian casualties on all of London’s roads.

It is important that TfL acknowledges this and start to do the things that it said in its Safer Streets for London Road Safety Plan (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/safe-streets-for-london.pdf) are proven to work – ie at the very least make use of speed cameras (page 41 – footnote 27) and 20mph (page 42  – 4.2.4.3) on the TLRN. These need to be introduced quickly to address this rapid casualty growth.

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