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Aviva analysis of road traffic cycle incidents exposes Transport for London’s failure to invest in safer junctions and cycling infrastructure – Caroline Pidgeon

February 26, 2015 11:15 AM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, commenting on today's report by the insurance company Aviva which has analysed police road traffic collision data between 2009 to 2013 on London's roads said:

"These figures confirm that cycling around many gyratories and especially roundabouts such as the Elephant and Castle is nothing less than a Tour de Danger for cyclists.

"With such appalling figures as this it is simply shameful that year after year Transport for London have repeatedly spent just a fraction of their allocated budget on vital improvements to junctions and investing in cycling infrastructure.

""The time for excuses has long passed. We need real action from the Mayor and TfL to quickly improve London's most dangerous hotspots."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1.Information about Transport for London's continual failure to spend its annual allocated budget for improving traffic junctions and investing in new cycling infrastructure was confirmed in this answer to a Mayor Question, answered on Friday 20th February

Cycling budget

Question No: 2014/4152

Caroline Pidgeon

Of the £107m allocated to cycling over 2014/2015, how much has so far been spent by Transport for London (TfL)? Please also list the full year forecast.

Written response from the Mayor

As you will be aware from discussions with TfL and my Cycling Commissioner at the recent Budget Policy Sub Committee meeting, the £107m allocation you mention included a £26m over programming budget for this financial year, which is standard practice across TfL's investment programmes. At Quarter 2, TfL adjusted its forecast to spend £82m in 2014/15, including a revised over programming budget of £12m.

A key reason for the reduction is due to successful cost savings made to Cycle Hire, including contractual charges, back office savings and efficiencies made during expansion and intensification. There has also been a re-phasing of expenditure on other programmes, including Cycle Superhighways, to ensure that sufficient time is spent designing and delivering the best possible schemes for cyclists.

By October in fiscal year 2014/15 TfL has spent £29m on cycling programmes. All savings will be reinvested in cycling improvements and retained within the 10 year cycling budget.

http://questions.london.gov.uk/QuestionSearch/searchclient/questions/question_278339

3. More information about Transport for London's failure to even spend its allocated cycling budget can be seen at:

http://road.cc/content/news/140626-kingston-cyclists-unimpressed-mini-holland-plans

http://road.cc/content/news/108328-boris-johnson-guilty-massive-underspend-budget-cycling-london-claims-green

http://road.cc/content/news/113940-tfl-commissioner-admits-underspend-cycling-budget-embarrassment

4. Appearing before the London Assembly Transport Committee on the 12th March 2014 Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner for Transport for London stated:

"What this underspend represents is frankly an embarrassment, because you ought to be able to get this stuff out of the door except we're trying to do more and better stuff than we did before."