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London Mayor launches major road safety plan

London mayor Boris Johnson has launched an ambitious new road safety plan aimed at reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on the capital’s roads by 40% by 2020.

The new plan comes hot on the heels of Johnson’s cycling strategy published in March this year. Johnson’s road safety plan adds to the pledges for greater safety made in the cycling strategy, promising to reduce the KSI figure for all users of London’s roads by 10,000 over the next seven years.

A four-pronged attack is spelt out in the Safe Streets for London document for improving the safety of roads, vehicles and road users and for delivery of the planned actions in partnership with other organisations.

Among the listed actions for the capital’s roads, Transport for London will identify and address a ‘critical list’ of junctions that need improvement. Funding for cycle safety at junctions will increase to £100M as stated in Johnson’s cycle strategy and 20mph speed zones in London boroughs will be promoted and funded by TfL through local implementation plans.

Hopes for improvements to vehicles are focused on greater use of technology in cars and HGVs for pedestrian and cycle safety. The Greater London Authority, TfL and Crossrail are extending their efforts on cycle safety in the construction industry targeting HGV safety compliance throughout the whole supply chain with a new five point action plan.

All of the measures to be implemented will be based on scientific analysis of accident and injury statistics and what works to improve safety.

“Generally this is a very good approach and we are very heartened with what is being done in London,” said Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation road safety panel chairman Kate Carpenter.

“The GLA and TfL have set themselves ambitious goals but the boldness of vision is welcome. Contrast this with central government which has decided to do away with road safety targets.

“We know that what gets measured gets done. Care is needed over how targets are set and measured but in our view, strong policy and leadership is critical for the success of road safety.”

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