KSI’s on London’s Roads

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/0391
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You are going to miss your target of a 65 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured by 2022 by 10 per cent. Can you explain why this target will be missed and what you are going to do to get it back on track?

Answer

KSI’s on London’s Roads

KSI’s on London’s Roads

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Any death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy, and my priority is to eradicate such incidents as part of my Vision Zero ambition. Transport for London (TfL) and I remain committed to the target for a 65 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured by 2022.

The most recent provisional casualty figures to Quarter 2 (April to June) of 2018 show that, to date, the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSIs) on London’s roads was 37.9 per cent down on the 2005-09 baseline. The number of people killed in 2018 was the lowest figure on record, provisionally falling to 102 fatalities compared to 131 fatalities during 2017.  However, the combined number of deaths and serious injuries is currently behind the performance required to be on track to meet my Vision Zero target of a 65 per cent reduction in KSIs by 2022 against the baseline. 

There has been a concerning increase in the number of cyclist KSIs in collisions involving cars and goods vehicles, alongside increases in light goods vehicle traffic on London’s roads. There was also a concerning increase in car occupant KSIs in 2018 when compared to the previous year.

TfL will be redoubling its efforts to deliver communications and behaviour change programmes, as well as infrastructure schemes across the Healthy Streets portfolio, such as Safer Junctions, lower speed limits on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), and cycling infrastructure improvements, that we know will help eliminate these tragic incidents. TfL is also working in partnership with the London boroughs and the Metropolitan Police Service to deliver further activity such as Operation Vision Zero, and local communications and engagement activity to tackle illegal and unsafe road user behaviour that so often leads to death and injury on our roads. I will continue to urge the London boroughs to commit to Vision Zero and increase their level of ambition in reducing road danger.