Road casualties ‘to reach third of a million by 2030’

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Around a third of a million people are expected to be killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads by 2030 – roughly the same amount of people who live in Reading – costing taxpayers £110bn, according to a report commissioned by a parliamentary safety group.

The Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety (Pacts) will say today that although these figures are likely to reduce each year, there is now a need for a national road safety strategy.

The committee’s executive director David Davies said: “A third of a million people, the equivalent of the population of Reading, will be killed or seriously injured on British roads before 2030 if current trends are allowed to continue. There are proven, cost-effective and affordable ways to make our roads safer.

“Business as usual is not good enough. Ambitious targets and properly resourced interventions are needed. Work should start now on a new national road safety strategy. We can no longer rely on the recession to reduce casualties.”

The report was prepared by former Transport Research Laboratory team member Kit Mitchell and Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies at University College London and Pacts director Richard Allsop.

It is to be released at a UK road safety summit in London on Thursday.