Liverpool is a city in the north west of England. It has 450,000 inhabitants. The Liverpool City Council Highways Management employs 70 members of staff, who deliver a range of highways and transport services, including transport planning, traffic management, highway maintenance, highway and public improvements, and road safety. 18 members of staff are directly engaged in road safety work.
Liverpool is on target to achieve the casualty reduction objectives for 2010 set by the UK Government. However, there are a number of issues that, if successfully addressed, will contribute to us achieving more. Key among these are the following:
The number of casualties killed or seriously injured during the evening and overnight (21:00 to 07:00) is disproportionately high given the lower volumes of traffic at these times. Casualties killed and seriously injured at these times have not reduced at the same rate as during the day (the reduction in 2006 relative to the 1994 to 1998 baseline average being 26%, compared to 34% for the period between 07:00 and 21:00). The majority of casualties occur on our core road network and we have identified those routes with the worst casualty rates. We intend to address this issue by developing integrated solutions for these routes. These will be aimed at securing casualty reductions at all times of the day and night. We will further research casualty involvement and causation in order to effectively target enforcement, education and marketing campaigns to complement engineering measures on these routes. Initial investigation and research is under way and we aim to commence the implementation of these measures in 2008.
In 2006, the number of children (aged between 0 and 15) killed or seriously injured on Liverpool’s roads was 43, compared to an average of 88 per year between 1994 and 1998. The UK Government target of a 50% reduction by 2010 was therefore met in 2006. However, in 2006, casualties killed or seriously injured amongst children aged 0 to 10 had reduced from the baseline by 74%, compared to only 19% for children aged 11 to 15. Whilst a difference in relative progress amongst these age groups has been experienced nationally in the UK, it would appear to be occurring to a greater extent in Liverpool. It will thus be necessary to design further interventions in order to improve progress amongst older child casualties. These will complement actions proposed in the UK Government’s Child Road Safety Strategy.
To inform the nature of these interventions, we commit to undertake further research in conjunction with partners including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospitals in Europe. We will then introduce programmes targeted at reducing casualties amongst children aged 11 to 15. Between 2004 and 2006 inclusive, 67% of casualties aged 11 to 15 killed or seriously injured occurred on the core road network, compared to 37% for casualties aged 0 to 10. The action proposed on the core route network will therefore have a positive effect on casualties in this age group; however, other forms of intervention are likely to be required to deal with cultural and behavioural issues.