FOI request detail

Accidents on buses

Request ID: FOI-0442-1920
Date published: 03 June 2019

You asked

Please could you send the overall passenger accident figures for accidents occurring on London Buses, between 2010 and 2018.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-0442-1920

Thank you for your email of 16th May 2019 asking for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

You asked:

Please could you send the overall passenger accident figures for accidents occurring on London Buses, between 2010 and 2018.

Following our exchanges on 16th May 2019 you confirmed that this relates to accidents involving passengers while on-board the bus (for example, passengers falling due to the brakes being applied sharply).

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

The following page of our website provides information on accidents involving passengers on board buses, going back to 2014 (scroll down the page to the series of “Bus safety data: quarterly reports”. Note that there are several worksheets within each spreadsheet – the worksheet labelled “Dataset” provides detail on individual incidents):

The data shows the type of incident (including “slip, trip or fall within bus”) and whether the victim was a passenger or not. Please note the wording in the “Introduction” worksheet which provides an explanation about how the data has been compiled, and in particular the following paragraph:

Using this data: The datasets provided within this publication offer information relating incidents on the London bus network. It is raw data - i.e. there is no normalisation - and it is important to note that route characteristics are often different such as density, frequency, traffic volume and the bus type used (e.g. routes with single deckers are unlikely to recorded incidents of passengers falling downstairs). It is not therefore by itself considered to offer a reliable means of comparing individual bus routes, bus garages or bus operating companies in relation to safety. Care should therefore be taken in using this data to draw any comparisons or conclusions.”

In accordance with section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply you with a copy of the requested information as it is already accessible to you elsewhere.

Note that TfL does not hold equivalent data prior to 2014.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

Yours sincerely,

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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