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One-a-day killed or seriously hurt in ‘London bus collisions’ - report

There were 359 such incidents last year. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images There were 359 such incidents last year. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
3:52 PM

One person every day is killed or seriously injured in traffic collisions involving a London bus, figures published today revealed.

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They show, a day after a cyclist lost his life in a collision with a bus in Croydon, that in the year 2012/13 359 people were left seriously injured or dead by incidents involving buses.

A year earlier, there were 431 fatal or major incidents, and in 2010/11 there were 334. Between April and August 2013, the most recent month for which data was available, there were 137.

The figures, unearth by a Freedom of Information request and published in the report Clear Road Ahead, by the Conservative group of the Greater London Authority (GLA), have prompted calls for greater transparency from Transport for London (TfL).

GLA Tory group transport spokesperson Richard Tracey said: “These figures are alarming and they remain stubbornly high.”

TfL needs to urgently become more transparent around its safety figures. Despite persistent questioning for several months, they have not yet been able to provide borough by borough breakdowns for recent serious incidents involving their own buses.

“TfL should at once publish, in full on a quarterly basis, the number of fatal and major accidents involving buses, and the worst performing bus companies and routes.”

Yesterday a cyclist was killed and another was seriously injured in two collisions involving buses in Croydon and Kennington. This morning, a cyclist was knocked by a bus on Vauxhall Bridge - though she escaped serious injury.

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