Friday, 13 June 2014

Road deaths and serious injuries fall sharply across west London . . .

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Road deaths and serious injuries fall sharply across west London

Cited at:
http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/road-deaths-serious-injuries-fall-7254154

Hillingdon sees the biggest reduction in road traffic casualties, which were down by more than a third last year in the borough compared with 2012


The number of people killed or seriously injured on west London's roads fell sharply last year, new figures show.

Serious injuries in road traffic collisions were down by a third in 2013, compared with 2012, in both Hammersmith & Fulham (36 per cent) and Kensington and Chelsea (33 per cent).

There were also double digit percentage falls in Harrow (14), Hillingdon (27) and Hounslow (14), and smaller decreases in Brent (1), Ealing (4) and Westminster (7).

The total number of deaths across those seven west London boroughs, according to figures published yesterday (Wednesday, June 11) by Transport for London, fell from 34 in 2012 to 24 last year.

Across the capital, the number of serious injuries fell by 24 per cent to 2,192 last year, and the overall number of road casualties was down five per cent to 27,199.

Hillingdon saw the biggest reduction in total casualties, which fell 34 per cent to 700. Hounslow was the only London borough to record a rise, albeit of just one per cent, to 903.

London Assembly member Darren Johnson welcomed the fall but said he was concerned to see a slight increase in the number of cyclists injured across the capital, from 4,613 in 2012 to 4,623 last year.

"It's good to see the casualty figures at last heading in the right direction, but after ignoring the issue of road safety when he was first elected (London mayor) Boris Johnson now has to work extra hard to create safer roads," he said.

“Getting the police to enforce the rules of the road is something that I and others have been calling for for years and Operation Safeway was a welcome step forward. We need more police action against law-breaking and dangerous driving. We need safe spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Darren Johnson praised Operation Safeway, which was launched at the end of November last year in response to a spate of cyclist deaths.

More than 13,800 fines were issued to drivers and cyclists during the operation, which saw police officers posted to 166 key junctions during rush hour.

Road Casualties in 2013 (percentage change from 2012)
Brent 1,228 (0)
Ealing 1,150 (-1)
Hammersmith & Fulham 678 (-6)
Harrow 442 (-11)
Hillingdon 700 (-34)
Hounslow 903 (+1)
Kensington & Chelsea 725 (-1)
Westminster 1,732 (-2)
Greater London 27,199 (-5)

Fatalities and serious injuries in 2013 (fatalities only) (percentage change in serious injuries from 2012)
Brent 84 (3) (-1)
Ealing 81 (4) (-4)
Hammersmith & Fulham 53 (3) (-36)
Harrow 38 (1) (-14)
Hillingdon 59 (2) (-27)
Hounslow 64 (3) (-14)
Kensington & Chelsea 64 (2) (-33)
Westminster 177 (6) (-7)
Greater London 2,324 (132) (-24)

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