Fatalities in Pedestrian Crossings involving TfL buses

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Dear Transport for London,

I interpret TfL Ref: FOI-1019-1112 prepared by Lee Hill as stating that there had been 64 fatalities of pedestrians in pedestrian crossings caused by buses in TfL zones during the period October 2006 to October 2011. How many of these specific pedestrian fatalities were caused by TfL-contracted services? Please provide me the exact number and, if possible, the bus route concerned for the period October 2006 to October 2011.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Kearney

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Kearney

TfL Ref: FOI-1431-1112

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 19 February 2012 asking for information about fatalities on Pedestrian Crossings involving TfL buses.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information and TfL’s information access policy.

A response will be provided to you by 16 February 2012.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt
FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London
Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
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Dear Mr Kearney

 

TfL ref:  FOI-1432-1112 & FOI-1433-1112

 

Thank you for your emails received by Transport for London (TfL) on 19
January 2012 asking for information about fatalities involving
TfL-contracted Bus Services.

 

Your requests have been considered under the requirements of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 and TfL’s information access policy. I can confirm
that TfL does hold the information you require. You stated, with reference
to our reply to a previous FOI request (FOI-1019-1112) that you
interpreted that reply as stating that there had been 64 fatalities of
pedestrians in pedestrian crossings caused by buses in TfL zones during
the period October 2006 to October 2011.

 

You asked:

 

How many of these specific pedestrian fatalities were caused by
TfL-contracted services?

Please provide me the exact number and, if possible, the bus route
concerned for the period October 2006 to October 2011.

 

Your interpretation of our response to FOI-1019-1112 (copy attached)  is
incorrect. 

 

Our response stated:

 

“TfL’s bus incidents management system is predominately utilised for
statistical purposes.  Due to this fact, the system does not have the
search criteria that enables us to link non-fatal collisions to pedestrian
crossings....    Between October 2006 and October 2011 there have been a
total of 64 pedestrian fatalities in collisions with buses, each of the
fatalities were in separate incidents”.

 

To clarify, we do not hold records which show the number of fatal or
non-fatal collisions which occurred on pedestrian crossings.  However, we
can advise that during the period in question, October 2006 to October
2011, there were a total of 64 pedestrian fatalities in collisions with
buses across the network.  It is important to note that these were the
number of fatalities resulting from collisions that involved a bus, rather
than actually caused by a bus. 

 

The London bus network comprises more than 8,500 vehicles and operates
over 460 million kilometres a year across more than 700 bus routes.  In
the past financial year, there were 2.2 billion customer journeys on our
buses which, when considered against accidents which have occurred, shows
how safe bus travel is. Additionally when put into context with the
fatality figure provided above, this is a rate of 0.03 pedestrian
fatalities per million kms operated.

 

An updated table is attached which identifies the route number of the bus
involved, and the type of road user who was fatally injured. 

 

Your interpretation of our response to another previous FOI request
(FOI-0792-1112, copy attached), is also incorrect.  Again, the information
provided shows the number of fatal incidents which involved a bus.  It is
important to note that these figures do not show that the incident was
caused by the bus. Serious incidents of this nature are individually
investigated by the bus operator and the police. 

 

Figures shown in the tables you refer to are the number of fatalities and
the number of fatal incidents, which are not the same totals. There were
89 fatalities in the period requested and these arose from a total of 81
incidents, as some incidents involved more than one fatality.  (The
updated table attached shows a higher figure as it is for a longer
period).

 

In the response to request FOI-0792-1112, we provided information on the
number of fatal accidents for each of the years and explained how low
these are in relation to the number of kilometres operated and high number
of journeys made by bus each year. For ease of reference I attach this
table again – please see ‘Road Traffic Accidents between 1^st April 2007 –
16^th Sept 2011’.

 

The number of fatal accidents have been declining in recent years,
although a series of incidents in which more than one fatality occurs can
pull the number up significantly, often through no fault of how the bus
was operated at the time. As a result, this leads to a significantly
higher total at the year end, as in 2007/08. The routes on which fatal
accidents occur does not indicate that they are more prone to this type of
incident than others, as the actions of other road users need to be
considered as well as the sheer volume of traffic encountered, such as on
busier central London routes.

 

TfL encourages full reporting of all incidents, regardless of severity or
whether an incident may have been caused by a third party, such as another
road user.  The statistics are useful as an empirical source of data but,
the best means of understanding incidents are accident investigations,
which form part of an operator’s safety management system.  Operators have
different numbers and portfolios of routes, some in central corridors
through inner London, others in the periphery of outer London, where the
number of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians encountered can vary
substantially.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached
information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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