Pedestrian casualties - bus collisions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3407
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to Freedom of Information data released by Transport for London, an average of over one pedestrian death per month and one serious injury per day have resulted from collisions involving buses over the course of your Mayoralty.  As Chair of TfL why have you not ordered an analysis of casualty data to see if there are 'hotspots', or problem routes, which could be addressed?

Answer

Answer for Pedestrian casualties - bus collisions

Answer for Pedestrian casualties - bus collisions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

One pedestrian casualty is one too many. However, the number of pedestrians killed or suffering a 'major injury' as a result of a collision with a bus has fallen by 60 per cent over the last 6 years. It is important to emphasise that the majority of 'major injury' incidents are cases where injured parties are taken to hospital: in many cases as a precaution and bus companies are not always able to ascertain the full extent of the injuries. Bus companies are required to report all incidents irrespective of blame or severity. To put the level of incidents into context, bus companies reported a total of 112 pedestrians killed or suffering 'major injuries' in 2012/13, which is equivalent to one incident in every 4.3 million kilometres operated.

Pedestrians in collisions with buses

Major Injuries

Fatalities

Total Pedestrians killed or suffering "major" injuries

2007/08

267

16

283

2008/09

222

14

236

2009/10

135

12

147

2010/11

109

9

118

2011/12

149

9

158

2012/13

104

8

112

Trends in road-traffic collisions in London, including those that involve contracted bus services, are considered in the Safe Streets for London Road Safety Action Plan. This  includes a target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions by a further 40 per cent by 2020 (from 2005-09 base).

Operation of the bus network entails applying safety management practices within routine operations to minimise avoidable incidents. One of the key safeguards is the route risk assessment process which provides a holistic mechanism for minimising the potential for accidents along the entire length of a bus service. These are updated to reflect changing conditions as well as the outcomes of accident investigations, with information on both reported to bus drivers as part of regular updates and awareness training. TfL therefore already undertakes proportionate analysis and will utilise this to further drive down pedestrian casualties in London.