TfL publishes third quarter bus safety statistics

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In the last quarter, there were 2.5 injuries per million passenger journeys. MIKE SHEATHER
In the last quarter, there were 2.5 injuries per million passenger journeys. MIKE SHEATHER

Transport for London (TfL) has published the latest bus safety statistics for July to September 2015, which show a slight reduction in the rate of injuries on the bus network.

Between the months of July and September, 1,491 people were injured in incidents involving buses, compared with 1,506 in quarter 2 (April to June). This means that the casualty rate remains low and has fallen slightly, from 2.6 to 2.5 injuries per million passenger journeys, compared to the previous period.

Over the same period, there were around 600 million journeys on the Capital’s bus network and London buses travelled more than 100 million kilometres in passenger service.

82% of the injuries were classified as ‘minor’, and of those 84 per cent of people were treated at the scene of the incident and did not require hospital treatment.

TfL began publishing bus safety statistics on its website in June last year. Initially, details of incidents resulting in a fatality or injury requiring hospital attendance were published. Earlier this year, TfL extended this to publication of all incidents resulting in any form of injury.

Mike Weston, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “We are determined to reduce the number of people who are injured on the bus network. We are taking a range of actions, including investing in new safety technology.

“We have also created bespoke training that is being delivered to all of the 24,500 bus drivers in the capital, to keep both bus passengers and vulnerable road users safe.”