Buses on right route to safety in London


Figures published by Transport for London (TfL) show a drop in the number of people killed and seriously injured in bus-related incidents in the capital.

The number of people taken to hospital with seriously injuries or injuries of unknown severity fell from 265 to 186 between the third and fourth quarters of 2015.

Serious bus accidents have fallen by 48% over the last decade

And the number of people killed in bus-related incidents fell to two during the quarter. Four people were killed in incidents involving buses during each of the previous four quarters.

TfL said the overall trend for accidents involving a bus or coach where someone has been killed or seriously injured has fallen by 48% over the last decade.

Bus safety statistics for the October to December 2015 also reveal a very slight fall in the overall rate of injuries.

During the quarter, 1,488 people were injured in incidents involving buses, compared with 1,491 in the previous three months. The vast majority (87%) of these were classified as minor injuries.

Earlier this month mayor Boris Johnson and TfL launched a ‘world-leading programme’ to improve safety across the capital’s bus network.

Mike Weston, TfL’s director of buses, 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.’


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