LRSC gives London focus to National Road Safety Conference

The findings of a study which looked at current and future road safety education training and publicity provision across London were presented to a national audience last month.

James Parker, executive officer of the London Road Safety Council (LRSC), made the presentation at the 2018 National Road Safety Conference, organised by Road Safety GB.

The event was held at The Grand in Brighton on 27-28 November – with around 330 road safety professionals attending across the two days.

The study, funded by the Road Safety Trust, set out to develop a London-wide picture of current road safety provision, aims and aspirations – and to outline the concerns, barriers and challenges boroughs face going forward.

The findings are based on in-depth interviews with all 33 London boroughs – elected members with a road safety portfolio, heads of service and road safety managers – and TfL

The chief concerns raised in the discussions with boroughs included: funding cuts leading to reduction in staff numbers; outsourcing of, and cuts to, services; and a loss of road safety knowledge, expertise and experience.

Elsewhere on the agenda, Debbie Huckle, vice chair of the 2Wheels London stakeholder group, delivered a presentation on the initiative which is project managed by the LRSC.

Debbie outlined how 2WL provides a coherent, strategic approach to assist partner local authorities, agencies and other stakeholders in their aim of reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities throughout Greater London.

She also explained how the programme, which has been running for over a decade in partnership with leading London based employers, has been fully redeveloped over the last year – including a new website.

14 December 2018