LONDON MAYOR Ken Livingstone last week rubbished claims that Barnet Borough Council's policy of selectively removing traffic calming measures has seen road casualties plummet.
Transport for London's (TfL) 2004 road accident figures show a 21% drop in road deaths across the capital compared to 2003.
But in Barnet road deaths dipped by 40%. Conservative Greater London Assembly member and former Barnet transport cabinet member Brian Coleman claimed this was a result of a policy he instigated in the borough in 2002.
Coleman, who last year slammed highways engineers for having lost touch with the public (NCE 4 November 2004) said: 'We gave evidence that what we were doing would cut road deaths and now it has.
'I'll be more than happy to help TfL roll out our scheme across London.' But Livingstone responded that Coleman should 'stop playing politics with people's lives'.
He said total casualty figures were a better measure of the success of road safety schemes.
Livingstone claimed the decline in casualties in Barnet was 5.3%, compared to a 9% fall in outer London and 10.1% drop across the capital.