Bus casualty data from Q1 2014/15 (2)

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


For each of the 254 occasions where someone was killed or injured as the result of a bus collision in Q1 2014/15, which of the bus  company contractors involved had been fined for missing their Excess Wait Time target in the previous quarter?


Answer for Bus casualty data from Q1 2014/15 (2)
Bus casualty data from Q1 2014/15 (2)

Bus casualty data from Q1 2014/15 (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Making our roads safer for all who use them is essential to improving life in the capital. My Road Safety Action Plan sets out my commitment to improve road safety in the capital for all road users, especially the most vulnerable groups (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).

TfL recently published the full London road casualty figures for 2014. This showed that the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) has reduced to its lowest level since records began. The number of KSI's involving a bus or coach has almost halved in the last decade, to the lowest level on record, having fallen by 5 per cent between 2013 and 2014.

The London bus contracting system provides incentives to bus companies to maintain regularity on high frequency routes (as measured by EWT) and to operate in accordance with the published timetable for low frequency routes (measured by on-time departures). The vast majority of services are high frequency. Incentive payments, if any, are calculated on an annual basis and compare actual performance against minimum standards which are set at a route level. In setting the standard, TfL takes account of a range of different operational characteristics of each route concerned and historic performance levels.

For any individual high frequency service trip, there isn't a target of being ahead of or behind EWT, it is about maintaining regularity. The impact that any individual trip has on an annual performance calculation is infinitesimally small.

There were 148 different bus routes involved in the incidents reported between January and March this year. Of these routes, 88 had bonus payments, 19 had deductions and 41 had no incentive payments either way, in their respective most recent payment year. These figures are proportionally consistent with performance across the entire bus network.

This answer was received on 14/08/19.