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Road casualties in London fall to lowest levels ever

New figures released by Transport for London also show that the total number of road casualties in London also fell by around 5% to its lowest ever level. 

The figures are released following the publication last June of a new road safety plan, “Safe Streets for London”, which set out a clear path towards helping to reduce death and serious injury on the capital’s roads.

Earlier this year, the Mayor and TfL announced radical improvements for the Capital’s roads in a £4bn programme.

And TfL has also introduced trials of “intelligent” pedestrian detection technology at crossings in Central London. 

The reduction in the total number of people killed and seriously injured during 2013 now means that London remains on track to achieve the Mayor’s road safety target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 40% by 2020 (from a 2005-09 baseline), with 2013 progress meaning that London is now 36% below the 2005-09 average.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: ‘These latest road casualty statistics are hugely encouraging, but they are by no means the end of the story. Our ultimate goal is to see a London where roads are free from death and serious injury, which is why we’re investing significant funding to make the road network fit for the 21st century. From overhauling the most notorious junctions, to investing in the latest technology, TfL is pushing hard on all fronts to make London’s roads as safe as they can possibly be for all users.’

To find out more about what TfL is doing to tackle road safety more widely, please visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/roadsafety.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.