Between the months of July and September, 1491 people were injured in incidents involving buses, compared with 1506 in quarter 2 (April to June). This means that the casualty rate remains low and has fallen slightly, from 2.6 to 2.5 injuries per million passenger journeys, compared to the previous period. Over the same period there were around 600 million journeys on the Capital's bus network and London buses travelled more than 100 million kilometres in passenger service.
Eighty-two per cent of the injuries were classified as 'minor', and of those 84 per cent of people were treated at the scene of the incident and did not require hospital treatment.
Mike Weston, TfL's Director of Buses, said:
'We are determined to reduce the number of people who are injured on the bus network. We are taking a range of actions, including investing in new safety technology. We have also created bespoke training that is being delivered to all of the 24,500 bus drivers in the Capital, to keep both bus passengers and vulnerable road users safe.'
TfL continues to invest in the most stringent bus driver training in the UK and a wide range of initiatives to further improve safety on the bus network, including:
TfL began publishing bus safety statistics on its website in June last year, as part of a commitment to further improving transparency for customers and stakeholders. Initially, details of incidents resulting in a fatality or injury requiring hospital attendance were published. Earlier this year, TfL extended this to publication of all incidents resulting in any form of injury.
Bus safety data is broken down by borough, bus operator and bus route - and gives details of the injured person's age and gender, the nature of the incident and type of road user involved (for example, bus passenger, bus driver, pedestrian, cyclist).
TfL is committed to syndicating open data to third parties and to engaging developers to deliver and innovate using open data. Over 6,000 developers have registered for our open data, consisting of around 360 feeds and APIs (Application Programming Interface) focused on enabling provision of high-quality travel applications, tools and services. Developers have created hundreds of applications, reaching millions of active users.
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