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More than 800 casualties on Barking and Dagenham’s roads in 2017, 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

There were more than 800 people killed or injured on the borough’s roads last year, the latest 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 an increase of 14 per cent on 2016 in the total number of casualties to 837 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.”

Three people died on the borough’s roads in 2017 while the number of casualties defined as serious rose 42pc to 88. A total of 746 were recorded as being “slight”.

There were 136 pedestrian and another 42 cyclist casualties. A majority of 482 were car drivers or passengers, according to TfL.

It warned that 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 along with increasing safety at road junctions, lowering speed limits and taking heavy goods vehicles off the roads.

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 Newham (1,105) but above Havering (790). However, its numbers rose 14pc while both boroughs saw reduced figures compared to 2016’s.

The number of people killed in the inner London boroughs dropped four per cent in 2017 but the 20 outer London boroughs including Barking and Dagenham 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 streetsby 2041 through encouraging walking and cycling.

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