Roads: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Liberal Democrat, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many pedestrians have been (a) killed and (b) injured in accidents on roads in Greater London in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009 and (iv) 2010 to date; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The number of pedestrians killed and injured in reported road accidents in London in 2007 and 2008 are shown in the following table. Data are not available yet for 2009 and 2010. Data for 2009 will be published in June 2010. Similarly, data for 2010 will be published in 2011.

Killed and injured pedestrian casualties in reported road accidents: London, 2007-08
Killed Injured All casualties
2007 109 5,151 5,260
2008 95 5,036 5,131

Measures to make roads safer for pedestrians include providing better infrastructure, promoting child pedestrian training, improved training and testing for motorists and advice and guidance to pedestrians in The Highway Code on crossing the road and making themselves conspicuous.

Other initiatives such as anti drink/drug-drive and speeding campaigns, the provision of 20 mph zones can also contribute to pedestrian safety.

We are also promoting wider use of 20 mph zones in residential areas and roads with high cycle and pedestrian activity and we are intending to publish revised guidance for local highway authorities.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 1 Apr 2010 5:27 pm (Report this annotation)

Pedestrian KSI are much higher than cyclist KSI - why are the authorities not promoting wearing of helmets and more conspicuous clothing for pedestrians? The move to 20 mph zones is very welcome - as long as motorists obey the lower speed limits (flying pigs anybody?).