Mayor of London must stop outsourced TfL bus 'Killing Machine' after 2,500 killed or seriously injured since 2014, says GMB
GMB Union calls for culture change within TfL where punctuality at the expense of health and safety is linked to private company profit
New GMB analysis shows that more than 2,500 people were killed or seriously injured in TfL bus collisions since 2014.
During the same period, almost 6,000 people were injured in collisions with TfL buses - an average of 2.5 people every day.
On the back of the study, GMB calls on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to look urgently at the private contractors delivering bus services for TfL and remove the link between punctuality and profits.
|Borough||Fatal||Taken to hospital||Treated at the scene||Total|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||2||57||66||125|
|Kingston upon Thames||2||39||72||113|
|City of London||47||52||99|
|Richmond upon Thames||1||45||48||94|
|Kensington & Chelsea||40||51||91|
|Barking & Dagenham||26||43||69|
The City of Westminster tops the London league for injuries caused by bus collisions since 2014 with 443 total injuries arising from collisions including 6 fatal injuries and 183 injuries requiring hospital attention.
Next in the league was Lambeth, which had a total of 364 injuries arising from collisions; Southwark had a total of 310 injuries arising from collisions including 2 fatalities. [See notes for editors for the figures for all London boroughs]
GMB says the increased use of private bus contractors in London has led to drivers having fewer breaks, working longer hours and having less access to toilet facilities.
Tom Kearney, Founder of LondonBusWatch and a TfL Bus Crash survivor said: "In December 2009, an Arriva Route 73 Bendy Bus contracted by TfL critically injured me at the edge of an Oxford Street pedestrian crossing. Since neither TfL, nor Arriva nor the Police ever bothered to contact me after I woke up from a near-death coma in January 2010, I was compelled to investigate why I nearly died on my own. Since 18 December 2009, at least 132 people have been killed and thousands more have been left with life-changing injuries from Bus Safety incidents.
“I have campaigned for over a decade for a safer public bus system in London and that will only be possible when Bus Driver working conditions have fundamentally improved and TfL and its for-profit Bus Contractors are held accountable for the operational safety performance of London’s contracted surface transport fleet. I support GMB’s long-standing efforts to ensure politicians, public servants and Bus Company CEOs will answer for TfL Surface Transport’s poor safety culture."
Justin Bowden, GMB Southern Regional Secretary, said: “Let’s be clear, there is no blame at all attached to the drivers themselves for these accidents. This is all about a fatally flawed system in place which puts profits higher on the list of priorities than the safety of passengers, pedestrians and the drivers themselves. It's become a killing machine.
“Safe operation of buses requires drivers to be adequately rested, a safe system of work and well-maintained vehicles. It is not the drivers’ faults if all these things are not in place.
“GMB is campaigning to reduce the number of accidents, which is in everyone’s best interests, with the possible exception of shareholders.
"The time is long overdue for their wallets and opinions to stop taking precedent over safety, given their dividends are made up of tax payers’ money and the fares of ordinary working people just trying to get to work and from safely.”
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Notes to Editors:
Source for statistics is https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/bus-safety-data
The data used is London bus safety data for January 2014 to June 2020. All data is gathered from London Bus operating companies using the Transport for London in-house data logging system which every London bus operating company has access to. Bus companies are required to report incidents regardless of blame and severity. The logging system is intended to provide data for statistical reasons to support safety evaluation. Only initial information relating to incidents are provided to TfL by bus operating companies on prima facie basis. Incident investigations are carried out by the operating companies involved, who retain resultant information.