Safety continues to improve on London’s roads, but we are not complacent,” said Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport. “It is a top priority and that’s why the Mayor set a new target to bring down the number of people killed or seriously injured even further. This map is part and parcel of our drive to improve road safety awareness and complements ongoing work to overhaul and improve London’s key roads and junctions.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, added: “This mapping tool will enable us to work with our partners and local communities to make significant improvements in road safety. Alongside major modernisation work at junctions, effective enforcement by the Police and action to make lorries safer, this is one of many measures we are taking to further reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”
TfL already uses the collision data to pinpoint where road safety improvements are needed and it works with the police to increase the amount of data it has access to. By combining it with traffic flow data, traffic counts and bus information, TfL can identify where more targeted enforcement and liaison with local communities can improve safety.
On the new interactive map provisional collision data will be updated at regular intervals throughout the year. In the coming months, an API (Application Programme Interface) will be released, letting software developers create applications further boosting road safety.
Academics, researchers and TfL will also be able to cross-reference the data with other sources to look for wider, long-term trends across London and the South East.
During 2014, TfL’s Annual Road Safety Report shows, the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) fell to its lowest level since records began. The report outlines the Mayor’s new target, set earlier this year, to halve the number of KSIs by 2020 compared to the Government base line – meaning a reduction of more than 14,000 deaths or serious injuries over the life of London’s road safety plan to 2020.