TfL bus safety statistics reveal accident rates remain low

14 August 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Transport for London (TfL) has announced findings of the latest bus safety statistics for April to June 2015.

TfL bus safety statistics reveal accident rates remain low

Figures reveal accident rates on the network’s 700 different bus routes remained low with 2.6 injuries per million passenger journeys. The number of people injured between April and June 2015 was recorded at 1506, with 83 percent of the injuries classified as ‘minor’ and 87 percent of people treated at the scene of the accident. However, there was an increase in injuries from the January-March period to April-June; TfL believes the usual seasonal increase is due to more people travelling on public transport during spring and summer.

The data is broken down by borough, bus operator and bus route – and gives details of the injured person’s age and gender, the nature of the incident and type of road user involved.

TfL began publishing bus safety statistics on its website in June last year, as part of a commitment to further improving transparency for customers and stakeholders. Initially, details of incidents resulting in a fatality or injury requiring hospital attendance were published. Earlier this year, TfL also began publishing details of all incidents resulting in any form of injury.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “Any injury involving our buses is one too many. That is why we continue to invest in the highest quality bus driver training and a range of safety initiatives such as Intelligent Speed Adaptation to make bus travel even safer. We will continue to work hard to meet the Mayor’s target of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSIs) on the Capital’s roads by 50 per cent by 2020.”

Earlier this month TfL announced that CIRAS (Confidential Incident Reporting and Analysis System) would be made available to bus operators. This will provide employees of bus companies with an extra way of raising any safety concerns, complementing the proven methods for reporting and investigating incidents that are already in place.

Detailed TfL bus safety data for April to June 2015 can be viewed here.

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