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I have received a briefing from the campaign group Action Vision Zero that analyses the progress toward the 2022 target of a 65 per cent reduction in the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on London’s roads. Their analysis says that the reduction looks achievable for vehicle occupants but is currently not on target for people cycling, walking and motorcycling with current policies. What actions are you taking to bring improvements in safety that would meet your 2022 target?
Any death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy and my priority is to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from London's transport network by 2041, as set out in my Vision Zero action plan.
London has made consistent progress in reducing danger on the road network. However, the target of a 65 per cent reduction in deaths and serious injuries remains challenging.
There has been a dramatic fall in the number of people killed and seriously injured, however people walking, cycling and motorcycling make up 80 per cent of people killed or seriously injured, showing where we need to continue to focus our efforts.
Lowering speeds is one of the most important things that we can do to make our streets safer and 20mph will became the default speed limit within the central London Congestion Charging zone during 2020. This will be followed by lowering speed limits on a further 140 kilometres of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) road network in inner and outer London.
Almost three quarter of collisions resulting in people being killed or seriously injured whilst walking, cycling or motorcycling occur at junctions. This is why TfL will continue to deliver major safety improvements at London’s most dangerous junctions, funded by its Healthy Streets programme of just under £2bn, which is making London's streets safer, more attractive, accessible and people-friendly places.
TfL is introducing a world-leading Bus Safety Standard for the entire bus fleet, ensuring that only the safest buses are driven on London’s streets. Cutting-edge technologies, ranging from fatigue monitoring, specialised lighting and artificial intelligence are being tested on London’s buses as part of the Bus Safety Innovation Challenge. Following the launch of the Direct Vision Standard, vital safety features are also now in place on more than 8,000 lorries to protect people walking and cycling.
These measures, in addition to those outlined in my Vision Zero action plan, are designed to deliver further reductions in road danger and to help us achieve our casualty reduction target by 2022.
While TfL and the Metropolitan Police continue to work to achieve Vision Zero, eliminating deaths and serious injuries will require all Londoners to contribute. I therefore continue to urge all citizens to play their part in ensuring their own and other people’s safety while travelling in London.