Hounslow Council has joined forces with all of London’s boroughs to support the capital’s first Vision Zero Action Plan.
Published: Wednesday, 25th July 2018
Hounslow Council has joined forces with all of London’s boroughs to support the capital’s first Vision Zero Action Plan, which sets out the key measures that the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will take to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London’s transport network by 2041.
In 2016 alone, 116 people lost their lives across the capital and 2,385 were seriously injured, taking a devastating toll on victims, their families and local communities.
Improvements across the capital, including building segregated cycle lanes and improving dangerous junctions, have led to a 45 per cent reduction in the number of deaths on London’s roads over the past eight years. The most dramatic reduction is car occupants, with better compliance around drink driving, seat belts and speed limits and new car technology all playing important roles. Other road users, especially pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, now make up 80 per cent of all deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads, which is why our streets need to be made safer for everyone.
The bold plan details a new approach to reducing road danger and a range of actions to achieve these aims. In Hounslow this includes the introduction of 71 Community Road watch sessions which have caught over 2000 motorists speeding.
Councillor Hanif Khan, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Corporate Property said:
“We are committed to supporting the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero Action Plan. We want people in the borough to change their behaviour towards more sustainable modes of transport but currently pedestrians and cyclists account for an unacceptably high proportion of those killed or injured on the capital’s streets. As a borough we are constantly working towards improving the safety of our streets and most of our residential streets already have 20mph speed limit imposed. We will continue to take every opportunity to improve the safety of our roads going forward.”
Reducing the speed of vehicles on London's streets is fundamental to reducing road danger and creating healthy streets where people want to walk, cycle and use public transport. As part of TfL’s commitment to Vision Zero, TfL is proposing to make 20mph the general limit for all of Transport for London’s Road Network (TLRN) in Central London.
Alex Williams, Director of City Planning at TfL, said; “This new approach to reducing road danger means we are tackling danger at the source, working in coalition with partners like Hounslow and the Met police, to enforce new 20mph limits, transform dangerous junctions and raise awareness of road danger. Safety is at the heart of all our decision making and we’re committed to making sure everyone gets home safely every day. The bold actions outlined in the Vision Zero plan will set London on the path to eliminating death and serious injuries on our transport network by 2041.”
Vision Zero will be supported by the MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command, through enforcement by over 2,000 uniformed officers. The MPS is responding to Vision Zero with a new approach, which will intensify police focus on the most dangerous drivers and amplify the deterrent effect through widespread high visibility roadside operations and patrols.
Hounslow is working with TfL to make the most dangerous junctions in the borough safer, for instance, the recent junction improvement works at Bath Road/The Parkway. The junctions with the worst safety record have been identified and these will see significant safety improvements made to reduce road danger for people walking and cycling in the coming years. Hogarth Lane/Burlington Lane is one of 19 junctions across London that TfL will be conducting new safety studies on.
At present, too many people feel wary of making their journey on foot or by bike. This poses several big risks to public health. Firstly, through the increased risk of developing chronic disease through inactivity, and secondly as it means more cars on the roads, more congestion, more risk and poor air quality that in turn is linked to the equivalent of nearly 10,000 deaths each year.
The Vision Zero ambition is fundamental to achieve the Mayor and TfL’s ambition of creating Healthy Streets across London by reducing reliance on cars and encouraging walking, cycling and public transport. This is a central part of making London a greener, healthier and more attractive place to live, work, play and do business.
*Compared to the 2005-6 baseline