Bus Safety

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many collisions have there been with a bus from the TfL bus fleet that have involved members of the public being killed or seriously injured in the last 2 years?


Answer for Bus Safety

Answer for Bus Safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The figures you seek are regularly published on the TfL website for public transparency and can be accessed at: https://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/road-safety.

Road safety figures for London, as reported by the police in accordance with the Stats 19 national reporting system, show there were 11 fatalities and 167 serious injuries in collisions involving all types of buses, including those contracted to TfL as well as private coaches, during 2013. The most recent provisional figures available from the police show eight fatalities and 138 serious injuries resulting from collisions involving a bus or coach between January and October of 2014.

The underlying trend in the number of Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions involving a bus or coach shows dramatic reductions, with 445 KSIs occurring in 2000 compared to 178 KSIs in the full year of 2013. This steady reduction means KSIs have more than halved between 2000 and 2013, and are now equivalent to one KSI for every 10 million bus journeys undertaken a year in London.

The safe operation of London Buses is of paramount concern and TfL is looking at yet further innovative ways of improving safety across the bus network. Last summer, TfL started trials of detection software technology that enhances bus driver awareness of vulnerable road users by alerting them when pedestrians and cyclists are close to their vehicles. The trials are currently being evaluated as part of TfL's continuing drive to improve road safety in London.

In addition, TfL is about to undertake a six month trial using Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) on two bus routes which will mean that the bus driver cannot exceed the maximum speed limit. The purpose of this trial is to understand the potential role of this technology in promoting adherence to speed limits across the road network. If the trial is deemed successful, there is the potential to roll out ISA to other parts of the bus fleet.