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About us

London Road Safety Unit

How we work

The work of LRSU is guided by the London Road Safety Plan, which was produced in 2001 in response to a national road safety strategy.

Information on the London Plan and the national strategy can be found below, along with an overview of LRSU's budget and borough spending.

Road Safety Plan

Part of the front cover of the London Road Safety Plan
Front cover of road safety plan
The London Road Safety Plan (PDF 507KB) Tomorrow's Roads - Safer for Everyone (PDF 241KB)

In 2000 the Government released a national road safety strategy called Tomorrow's Roads - Safer for Everyone. This document set casualty reduction targets to be achieved by 2010. The London Road Safety Plan was produced in 2001 setting further, more demanding targets for casualty reduction in London.

In producing the London Road Safety Plan LRSU analysed data on all collisions in London, looking at exactly who was involved in collisions, where, why and when. It outlined measures for reducing the number of people killed and injured and ways to promote road safety. The Plan encouraged LRSU to work with London boroughs, the police, road safety officers, Government departments and health authorities.

By 2006 London was well on the way to achieving the 2010 reduction, so more challenging targets were set.”

By 2006 London was well on the way to achieving the 2010 reduction, so more challenging targets were set. Visit the data and research section for a full breakdown of the 2010 casualty reduction targets.

Budget

Funding for road safety work through LRSU 2009/2010
Team/department Funding
Data and research £0.7m
Engineering - TLRN £10m
Engineering – local safety schemes and 20mph zones £30m
Education and campaigns £5.4m
Motorcycle unit £1.75m
London Safety Camera Partnership £6.5m
Technology £0.9m

Borough spending

LRSU manages a budget, which London boroughs can request money from for specific local safety schemes, 20 mph zones and education campaigns. This process is called the Local Implementation Plan or LIP process. When applying for LIP funding, boroughs must show how their proposed schemes will contribute to casualty reduction in London.

Schemes with the greatest potential for reducing collisions are given priority.”

Boroughs must also provide information on the progress of scheme design and implementation. Joint requests are considered where boroughs can work together to deliver schemes that cross borough borders. LRSU must look at all applications and decide how to distribute funding across London. In general, schemes are prioritised according to best value. Schemes with the greatest potential for reducing collisions are given priority.

TfL currently provides funding to London boroughs through the LIPs process for more than 20 different categories of work. Road safety is one such area of work; others include cycling, bus priority, walking and school travel planning. The London boroughs have raised concerns over the resources required for this process and the lack of flexibility of the current system. As from April 2010 there will be a new LIPs2 process which allocates road safety budgets to borough corridor, area and neighbourhood programmes.