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Drop in number of people killed or injured on Havering’s roads, TfL figures reveal

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 September 2018

Transport for London has released the latest road casualty figures. Pic: Dominic Lipinsk/PA Archive/PA Images

Transport for London has released the latest road casualty figures. Pic: Dominic Lipinsk/PA Archive/PA Images

Dominic Lipinsk/PA Archive/PA Images

The total number of people killed or injured on the borough’s roads is falling, figures reveal.

Mayor Sadiq Khan vowed to stamp out deaths and serious injuries on the capitals streets by 2041 by encouraging walking and cycling. Pic: Chris Radburn/PAMayor Sadiq Khan vowed to stamp out deaths and serious injuries on the capitals streets by 2041 by encouraging walking and cycling. Pic: Chris Radburn/PA

Transport for London (TFL) published the numbers on Thursday showing a decrease of 16 per cent from 2016 to a total of 790 casualties in 2017.

TfL transport strategy boss Lilli Matson said: “We refuse to accept that any death or serious injury on London’s roads is acceptable or inevitable.

“We will continue to work with the police and all boroughs to meet our target of eliminating all death and serious injury from London’s roads by 2041.”

Four people died on the borough’s roads in 2017 while the number of casualties defined as serious dropped 35pc to 68. A total of 718 were recorded as being “slight”.

There were 103 pedestrian and another 35 cyclist casualties. A majority of 482 were car drivers or passengers, according to TfL.

However, it warned against making direct comparisons between 2017’s figures and those from previous years should be avoided after the Met launched online reporting last year making it easier for people to report incidents themselves.

Ms Matson said that dangerous drivers would be targeted to cut the numbers further along with increasing safety at road junctions, lowering speed limits and taking heavy goods vehicles off the roads.

Police Supt Robert Revill said: “Our message is clear, we won’t tolerate illegal and dangerous behaviour. We will take robust action against those that do.

“Excess speed, poor concentration and other risky road user behaviour are undisputed contributors to road traffic collisions. The consequences are devastating for victims and their families.”

The borough’s casualty total is lower than neighbouring Barking and Dagenham (837) and Redbridge (1,030). Both boroughs saw their numbers increase compared to 2016’s, unlike Havering’s.

Overall, the number of people killed in the inner London boroughs dropped four per cent in 2017 but the 20 outer London boroughs combined, including Havering, saw an increase of 28pc to 77 deaths.

Mayor Sadiq Khan launched an action plan called “Vision Zero” in July vowing to stamp out deaths and serious injuries on the capital’s streets by 2041 through encouraging walking and cycling.

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