50 % of London road accidents occur in just 5 pct of road junctions: study


LONDON, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) — Nearly half of the capital city’s serious and fatal road accidents took place in just five percent of road junctions, suggesting that the location of these accidents tend to be highly concentrated, according to a study released Thursday by the University College London (UCL).

A team of UCL researchers examined the locations of more than 200,000 road accidents that occurred in central London over a ten-year period, and compared that data with 1,000 accidents that took place over a two-year period on motorways connected to Mexico City.

Some 70 percent of road accidents occurred in central London, according to government figures. The researchers found that car crashes in central London were highly concentrated in specific locations, such as the area nearby underground stations Camden Town and Elephant and Castle, where a road accident is expected every six weeks, and a person is severely injured or suffers a fatal accident every year.

This suggests that the environment, such as poor lighting, road surfaces or road layout, increases the likelihood of car crashes, the team said.

“While significant work had been done to reduce road fatalities in the UK, our research highlights that most fatalities are concentrated to the same few places and that more can be done to improve conditions in accident hotspots,” said PhD candidate Rafael Prieto Curiel at the UCL, who is a lead researcher of the study.

“We have developed a tool which allows city leaders to detect the concentration of road accidents. If accidents are more concentrated in just a few locations, it might be that the environment and the conditions of those junctions increase the risk of more accidents,” said Prieto Curiel.