NEW GMB ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT 1,062 PEOPLE WERE KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TFL BUS COLLISIONS SINCE 2014 AS SADIQ KHAN FACES CALLS AT LONDON LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE TO MAKE SAFETY TOP PRIORITY FOR OUTSOURCED BUS OPERATORS
GMB are calling for decisive action from the top to change the inherited culture at Transport for London and to ensure the safe operation of buses by the outsourced private for-profit operators, says GMB London
A new study by GMB London of official figures published quarterly by Transport for London has found that since 2014, 45 people were killed and 1,017 seriously injured in collisions by TfL outsourced London buses.
Overall, over this period, 4,736 people have been injured in collisions by TfL buses. This is 2.7 people per day every day since the beginning of 2014. Of those injured an average of 4.3 people have been killed or seriously injured every week over nearly five years.
A LondonBusWatch meeting to step up the campaign for the safe operation of TfL outsourced buses is being held at the London Labour Party Conference on Saturday. The meeting will call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to make the safe operation of buses by the outsourced private for-profit operators the top priority.
Details of the meeting are as follows:
Saturday 2nd March
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
London Labour Party Conference
Harringay West Indian Culture centre
9 Clarendon Rd,
- Tom Kearney – Survivor of a bus collision and organizer for the LondonBusWatch campaign
- Christian Wolmar – Labour Party campaigner on Transport
The meeting will be chaired by Mohshin Ahmed from Unite and Abellio Walworth Bus Garage.
In London, the City of Westminster tops the London league for injuries caused by bus collisions since 2014 with 350 total injuries arising from collisions including 5 fatal injuries, 69 serious injuries and 65 minor injuries requiring hospital attention. These cases involved people being killed and injured by buses operated by outsourced operators for TfL in the 4 years from January 2014 to September 2018.
Next in the league was Lambeth, which had a total of 260 injuries arising from collisions including 69 serious injuries and 31 minor injuries; Southwark had a total of 226 injuries arising from collisions including 1 fatal injury, 50 serious injuries and 44 minor; Croydon had 224 injuries arising from collisions including 2 fatal injuries, 65 serious injuries and 27 minor injuries; Lewisham had 218 injuries arising from collisions, including 1 fatal injury, 32 serious and 28 minor; Barnet had 192 total injuries, 4 fatal, 32 serious and 28 minor; and Greenwich had 176 cases, 3 fatal, 38 serious and 37 minor.
Since January 2014, 51 have been killed, 4,139 have sustained injuries requiring hospitalisation (including 2,950 for minor injuries or 71%) and 18,507 have sustained injuries treated on scene for all reasons over the 19 quarters for the TFL buses. Collisions are the third cause of KSI and minor injuries, accounting for 18%, after ‘slip, trip and fall’ and ‘personal injury’.