TfL Buses and Pedestrian Fatalities

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 10 January 2020.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

In 2018, TfL Bus Collisions constituted 16% of all pedestrian fatalities in London. Do you know of any other city in the world where a public bus service is responsible for such a high proportion of total pedestrian road deaths?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) doesn’t hold data on the proportion of pedestrian fatalities occurring in other capital cities.

It is intolerable that anyone should be killed in or by a bus, and that is why TfL is working to eliminate such tragedies by 2030 as part of my Vision Zero commitment. As part of this, TfL has developed measures including safer and better designed vehicles through its Bus Safety Standard – and we are starting to see these on London’s streets. TfL has also designed specific safety training for bus drivers which uses the latest virtual reality headsets and looks at vulnerable road users and the risks they face. TfL is also tackling wider concerns like bus driver fatigue to bring down casualties in a systematic way.

TfL and I are confident that these comprehensive and evidence-led measures give us a solid platform to progressively tackle complex risks and put bus fatalities on a steady downward path from now to 2030.