The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has set a target to halve the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 2020 compared to the Government base line.
The commitment comes as TfL published the full London road casualty figures for 2014, which show the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) has now been reduced to its lowest level since records began. Meeting the new target would mean a reduction of more than 14,000 deaths or serious injuries over the life of London’s road safety plan to 2020.
These show that compared to 2013:
- The number of people killed or seriously injured was down seven per cent, meaning that London has now met the Mayor’s previous target of a 40% reduction in casualties six years early
- Pedestrians and car occupants killed or seriously injured fell by seven per cent and six per cent respectively to their lowest ever levels
- The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured was down 12%, despite huge increases in the number of people cycling
- The number of children killed or seriously injured fell to the lowest level recorded, down 11%. This means that child road deaths have been reduced from 18 in 2000 to three in 2014
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “These figures show quite clearly that road safety in the Capital continues to head in the right direction. However, with a growing population and more people on our roads, we’ll have to pull out all the stops to ensure that such positive trends continue. Today, we’re setting a new target to halve the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 2020. This will help to guide all of the hard work that TfL and its partners are carrying out to make our roads as safe as possible. It is an ambitious target, but I believe it is one that we can achieve.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Every death and injury on our roads is one too many and we will be relentless in pursuing the Mayor’s new target. The wide ranging action that we and our partners are taking includes major safety improvements to roads, junctions and cycling infrastructure, action on dangerous lorries, tough enforcement and a programme of education and training to help people use the roads safely. This remains one of TfL’s top priorities.”