Bus safety has increased in London, according to TfL’s latest figures. For January to March 2016, these show that 1,399 people were injured in incidents involving buses representing a 6% reduction on the previous quarter (September to December 2015) when 1,488 injuries were recorded. 87% of the injuries in the first quarter of this year were classified as minor and of those 74% of people did not require hospital treatment.
As part of Transport for London’s Bus Safety Programme, the Sarah Hope Line was launched in April to offer comprehensive support to anyone injured or affected by an incident involving TfL services. In addition, the Bus Safety Programme aims to develop a world leading bus safety standard for London. It is also aimed at updating the transport authority’s bus contracts to include new safety incentives, publishing additional bus collision data and making it more accessible, providing greater transparency on bus collision investigations and delivering a new safety training module to all 24,700 drivers. The overall trend for collisions involving a bus or coach where someone has been killed or seriously injured has reduced by 48% over the last decade, according to TfL.
TfL’s Director of Buses, Mike Weston, said, ‘Whilst a reduction in injuries in the early part of this year is welcome, we are committed to working in partnership with bus operators to deliver the Bus Safety Programme to further improve safety. The Sarah Hope Line will offer a comprehensive support service to anyone affected by an incident involving our services and more work will be undertaken this year on other aspects of the programme. The continued publication of these statistics demonstrate our commitment to transparency and achieving this goal.’