A new report published today (21 September) shows that Britain has more pedestrian deaths per head of population than other leading countries.

The report from PACTS (the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety) shows that, while Britain compares favourably with other countries for all road deaths, pedestrian deaths are significantly higher. 

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is calling on the Government to take action by setting challenging targets for road safety, ensuring roads are designed as safely as possible, and setting a national 20mph default speed limit.

It’s incredibly depressing to read that deaths among pedestrians are noticeably greater in Britain. Streets are where we live, work, play and socialise – they should be safe and enjoyable places for everyone. We would like to see targets for reducing road casualties reintroduced. Such targets operated under successive governments from 1987-2010 and proved effective, helping focus the work of policy makers and practitioners.

Tompion Platt, Head of Policy, Living Streets

Tompion continues: 

"Road danger has far reaching public health consequences as it discourages people from being active. Inactivity currently costs the NHS in England and Wales over £0.9 billion a year and NHS Scotland £94 million a year. 

"Investment from the Government to make our streets fit for walking will reduce these costs in the long-term by helping us create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illness and social isolation.”

The full report a ‘Safest roads in the world...?’ is available at http://www.pacts.org.uk/news-publications/reports/

PACT has launched the report to support project EDWARD – European Day Without a Road Death.