The Anonymous Widower

A Road Death Database

The BBC has put together a database of all road deaths in the UK from 1999 to 2010.

I have looked at some areas and you can draw some interesting conclusions.

If I look at a typical London Borough like Hackney, the number of deaths is generally between 70 and 90. But some rural areas, despite less population have figures well over a hundred.

And then there’s the Oxford and Cambridge effect.  Oxford has 34 deaths and Cambridge has just 16. Both these cities have extensive Park and Ride networks, good bus services and bikes are used quite a bit. But then Ipswich and Norwich also have low figures, but Colchester, Milton Keynes and Peterborough are higher.

So does a decent public transport network cut road deaths, as the drunks and the bad drivers are on the buses rather than in their cars?

If you look at the big northern cities like Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, the figures would appear to be similar, but Newcastle is a lot less. Why?

Only by a serious analysis can we tell what is the reason!

August 21, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. The anomaly lies with the analysis based on population. It should be based on driven miles. There are other things at work also. The low speeds in towns mean that deaths in road accidents are rarer if all other factors were equal. What people actually want to know is “how likely am I to be killed driving, walking, and cycling?”.

    Comment by John Wright | August 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. We just need to analyse the data properly.

    Just as the researchers did here.

    Comment by AnonW | August 21, 2014 | Reply

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