The Metropolitan Police has joined forces with Transport for London (TfL) to focus on delivering public transport safety in the capital. The new organisation is called Roads and Transport Policing Command and over 2,300 officers will be working for the initiative. It is said to be taking over the work that was formerly done by two units – the Safer Transport Command and the MPS Traffic Operational Command Unit.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said that “improving roads and public transport safety” is a major priority for him. The creation of the initiative means there will be one team united in delivering results in this area.
It is hoped that the number of casualties on London’s roads – those who are either killed or receive serious injuries in an accident – will drop by 40% by the year 2020. This will mean dropping the current statistics by 10,000 in the next few years. Road safety is a very important area for the whole of the country. However with the volume of traffic on London’s roads and the presence of many cyclists and pedestrians too, it is clear that good work could potentially be done here.
How safe are London’s roads?
You need to have your wits about you when using any road, but this is perhaps particularly true in the capital. With heavy traffic almost 24/7 and the presence of cyclists and motorcyclists as well, everyone needs to be alert in order to avoid accidents from occurring. While most people complete their daily journeys without incident, it is clearly best if everyone is able to do this. The new team is hoping to reduce incidents by way of taking on a variety of tasks that should help keep everyone safer in the capital.
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Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown