Road injuries rise in east London

By Rob Virtue on July 18, 2011 12:07 PM |

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The number of pedestrians and cyclists injured in collisions with road vehicles in east London in the last year has risen, latest figures reveal.

The borough of Newham saw a 10 per cent increase in pedestrian casualties and a six per cent rise for cyclists over 2010 compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile, Tower Hamlets has seen a 12 per cent increase in the number of cyclists injured, although figures for pedestrians are down nine per cent over the last three years.

Greenwich showed an 11 per cent increase in pedestrian injuries and a one per cent reduction in cyclist injuries.

Across the three boroughs there were 544 pedestrians and 339 cyclists injured following collisions with road vehicles throughout 2010.

London Assembly member John Biggs said he was looking into the cause of the increase in the figures released by Transport for London.

"I am concerned that this could be a worrying trend," he said. "Mayor Boris Johnson's programme of re-phasing hundreds of traffic signals, could be leading to increased traffic speeds, making London less pedestrian and cyclist friendly.

"My colleagues and I will be monitoring this and ensuring that robust scrutiny of Transport for London's Road Safety Plan, due to be published in the next few months, takes tangible action to tackle any problems in east London and reverse this trend."

However, across London there was a 34 per cent reduction in fatal accidents involving pedestrians and a 23 per cent reduction in cyclists killed.

Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich all saw reductions in fatalities over the last 12 months.