FOI request detail

Freedom of Information Request

Request ID: FOI-0149-2021
Date published: 29 May 2020

You asked

Over the last 5 years how many children under the age of 15 have been involved in a traffic accident in Lee Green Ward, located in the London Borough of Lewisham? How many were hospitalised as in patients and what was the most serious outcome of any such accident? Were there any deaths? What are the same figures for the whole of the London Borough of Lewisham and which ward has the highest number of such incidents?

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0149-2021/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 1 May 2020 asking for information about road traffic accidents

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you require.

We recommend that collision data is not reported at ward level as ward boundaries tend to run down the middle of roads which can make the allocation of collisions to specific wards inaccurate. The police are required to locate collisions as accurately as possible, and to within 10 metres of the collision location, but there may be some doubt regarding the precise initial point of impact for an officer subsequently attending an incident.

However, we have provided a data extract file for Lewisham child casualties 2014-2018 which has geo code information and it would be possible to filter and plot at ward level if you have access to GIS software. In addition, you may wish to use the London Collision Data Map which can also be filtered to show child information only;

We have also attached a plot for Lewisham showing personal injury collisions involving child injury for the last five years full data we have 2014-2018. This has an overlay which shows the ward boundaries but as you can see quite a few collisions occur on the boundaries.  

Overall numbers for child casualties for Lewisham 2014-2018 are shown below. We use 0-15 years for child classification.

























We do not hold details of which collisions resulted in hospital admissions. This is not part of the national dataset recorded by the police, all data is recorded using DfT STATS20 guidance.

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.

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Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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