TfL statistics show bus travel carries low risk of injury

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Transport for London (TfL) has published bus safety statistics for April to June 2015, showing that accident rates on the network remain low, with 2.6 injuries per million passenger journeys.

Bus trips account for over a third of all of road journeys in London, while buses and coaches are involved in 8% of road collisions resulting in an injury.

TfL began publishing bus safety statistics on its website in June last year, as part of a commitment to further improving transparency. 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.

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.

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% by 2020.”

The number of people injured between April and June was 1,506, with 83% of the injuries classified as ‘minor’ and 87% of people treated at the scene of the accident and not requiring hospital treatment.

During a typical three month period, there are around 600 million journeys on the Capital’s bus network and London buses travel more than 100 million kilometres in passenger service. There are 8,900 buses in the Capital’s fleet and around 6.5 million bus journeys are made every day across 700 different bus routes.

As in previous years, there has been an increase in injuries from January-March (1,230 injuries) to April-June (1,506 injuries) when more people are travelling during the spring and summer.