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Recent years have seen significant reductions to reported personal injury road traffic collisions, reflecting wider TfL and borough road safety initiatives. TfL estimated that the charging scheme had contributed to an additional reduction of between 40 and 70 collisions involving personal injury per year in the central London charging zone and on the Inner Ring Road over and above what would have been expected from these wider background trends. There was no evidence of disproportionate change to the number of collisions involving two-wheeled vehicles in or around the charging zone that might have been attributable to the traffic impacts of the scheme, with increases to numbers of these vehicles following the introduction of charging.
Perhaps reflecting the lower-than-usual 2005 figures, collisions within the original charging zone in 2006 increased by 6 percent overall, with the largest increase seen during weekends – a 17 percent increase. On the Inner Ring Road, total collisions fell by 6 percent during charging hours but, again, rose at weekends by 9 percent.Total reported road traffic collisions in Greater London were down by 6 percent on average during 2006, or 8 percent during charging hours. Given effectively stable traffic conditions in the original charging zone these recent changes would appear to largely reflect non-scheme related factors.
As the table below illustrates, the proportion of road traffic collisions involving a pedestrian in the original charging zone remained unchanged from the year before; and pedestrian involvement collisions on the Inner Ring Road were down as both a number and a proportion of all collisions. Within Greater London the proportion of reported collisions involving pedestrians remained steady.
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