Public transport is a convenience which almost all of us rely on at some point, whether it’s for a quick jaunt into town for some retail therapy or the daily morning commute. But is it true to say that one form of public transport may be more dangerous than any other? By and large public transport tends to be a very safe way to travel but let’s have a look at some of the figures.
Thankfully train accidents are rare but a single accident can cause the figures to fluctuate massively on a yearly basis. In 2014, there was only one fatal injury as the result of a rail accident. Although this is still one too many, it shows that rail is one of the safest forms of public transport available.
In total, 194,477 casualties of all severities were reported on the UK roads in 2014. This represents the first increase in road traffic accident casualties since 1997. Whilst it is difficult to find the exact number represented by bus accidents, it can be said at first glance that travelling by road is more dangerous than travelling by rail. As a result of this it would seem that travelling by bus represents a higher risk of being injured than travelling by rail.
As with rail travel, accidents involving a tram were extremely low in 2014. In January, commuters in Manchester were confronted with the horrifying scenes as a man was fatally struck by a metro tram. This tragic death however was not representative of the overall figures of accidents involving trams, which normally have a stellar safety record.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown