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Road Safety and LTP2 (2006 to 2011)

The safety of road users and the reduction of casualties from road traffic collisions were absolutely key objectives of the second Local Transport Plan (LTP2).

Road Safety is not only practised within specific local authority functions such as road safety engineering or education, but is also incorporated into linked strategies and programmes such as highway maintenance, Red Routes, Safer Routes to School, travel awareness, cycling and in joint work with other outside bodies.

Since the inception of the Local Transport Plan process in 2001 the West Midlands has led other English metropolitan areas in terms of reducing accident casualties. This was recognised in our designation by the DfT as a Centre of Excellence for Integrated Transport (Casualty Reduction and Driver Training).

TheGovernment set national targets for casualty reduction in the ten year plan – Tomorrow’s Roads Safer for Everyone. These included:

A 40% reduction in all Killed and Seriously Injured casualties from the 1994-98 average by 2010.

A 50% reduction in Child Killed ans Seriously Injured casualties from the 1994-98 average by 2010.

However due to our early success we adopted even more challenging targets in LTP2:

A further 30% reduction in all KSIs from 2004-2010

A further 35% reduction in Child KSIs between the 2002-04 average and the 2008-10 average.

A 10% reduction in slight casualties from 2004 to2010

To reduce the rate of Powered Two-Wheeler casualties by more than the national average from 2008-09 onwards.

The Road Safety Statement in LTP” outlined the following elements of our approach:

Use education, training and publicity to help road users travel as safely as possible.

Ensure that everyone has access ro road safety advice, particularly schools.

Target safety training at vulnerable users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Ensure all new infrastructures has been subjected to road safety audits.

Implement local safety schemes targeted at accident hotspots.

Implement a programme to ensure compliance with speed limits and traffic signals, using enforcement cameras supported by educational campaigns and initiatives.