Accident hotspots

MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide a list of the ten most dangerous junctions in terms of pedestrian injury per London Assembly constituency.


Answer for Accident hotspots

Answer for Accident hotspots

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, improving the safety of the road network is one of my top priorities. This is why I stretched my road safety target earlier this year to deliver a 50 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on London's roads by 2020, compared to the Government's 2005-09 baseline. And I have an ultimate goal to eliminate death and serious injury from London's roads.

Like you, I am worried about the number of pedestrian casualties on London's roads. Although pedestrian KSI casualties decreased in 2014 to the lowest level on record, there are still far too many pedestrians being killed or seriously injured. In July 2014, TfL published London's first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, containing 31 key actions to improve pedestrian safety across London and substantial activity and investment is underway.

TfL has doubled the number of Pedestrian Countdown signals from 200 to 400, and plans to install 400 more by summer 2016. In July 2015, TfL launched the Pedestrian Town Centre Pilots Programme, investing up to £10m in Tooting and Peckham to redesign junctions, streets and pavements to make a safer and more appealing environment for pedestrians. TfL is also trialing Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) on London Buses, to understand the effectiveness of ISA in promoting speed compliance across the road network and improving safety, particularly for pedestrians.

The tables attached in Appendix D show ten junctions within each London Assembly constituency, ranked by the number of pedestrian casualties during the three year period 2012 to 2014, the most recent finalised figures available from the police. 

As part of the Road Modernisation Plan, TfL is investing £4bn in improving London's road infrastructure - the biggest investment in a generation. TfL prioritises its activity to where pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are at greatest risk. This includes schemes to improve pedestrian safety, for example designing safer junctions, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings. Many of the junctions listed are included in these schemes, such as Borough High Street, Vauxhall Cross, Wandsworth High Street, Holloway Road and Evelyn Street/Bestwood Street.

Working with TfL, the police are also able to prioritise their resources to the worst performing locations for vulnerable road user safety. Operation Safeway, which was launched in November 2013, deploys officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command at key junctions across the Capital, enforcing against traffic offences such as speeding and jumping red lights as well as engaging with them on road safety advice. As of October 2015, Operation Safeway has been expanded to target three times as many junctions - more than 300 across the capital.

The number of pedestrian casualties at these junctions does not take into account the amount of walking.  Around 29 million journeys are walked every day in the capital and walking has increased by 1.5 per cent between 2013 and 2014, and by 18 per cent since 2000. In contrast, the number of pedestrians Killed or Seriously Injured in London fell by 7 per cent between 2013 and 2014, to the lowest level on record.

TfL is committed to working with its partners, including all of London's Boroughs, to address pedestrian safety across London, and is making significant investments to do so.