TfL’s bus safety statistics for the final quarter of 2015 (October to December) show a ‘slight reduction’ in the rate of injuries on the bus network. Between October and December 2015, 1,488 people were injured in incidents involving buses, compared with 1,491 in the previous three months (July to September 2015). During the period, 87% of the injuries were classified as minor, of these 84% were treated at the scene of the incident and did not require hospital treatment. This means that the casualty rate is 2.6 injuries per million passenger journeys. Over the same three month period there were around 600m journeys on the capital’s bus network and London buses travelled more than 100m km in passenger service. The overall trend for collisions involving a bus or coach where someone has been killed or seriously injured has fallen by 48% over the last decade. TfL launched a bus safety scheme earlier this month, involving new technology, training, incentives, support for victims, reporting and transparency.
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Isabel Dedring, said, ‘We’ve seen real progress in bus safety over the last few years as we’ve introduced 20mph zones across the city and trialled a range of cutting-edge technology on our buses. Although we have one of the safest bus networks in the world, we need to continue to drive improvements and meet the Mayor’s target of a 50 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the Capital’s roads by 2020. That’s why we’re creating a world-leading programme to place an even greater focus on safety and help keep passengers and vulnerable road users safe.’
TfL’s Director of Buses, Mike Weston, said, ‘The vast majority of journeys on the bus network are made without incident, however safety is a top priority and we are determined to reduce the number of people who are injured. To this end we have recently launched a Bus Safety Programme that seeks to reduce the number of incidents and lessen the impact of them when they do happen. The publication of these statistics shows our continued commitment to transparency and achieving those goals.’