A total of 448 pedestrians were killed on Great Britain’s roads in 2016, up 10 per cent from 2015, new statistics published today (28 September) by the Department for Transport (DfT) reveal.

A further 23,102 pedestrians were seriously or slightly injured. The number of all road users killed on Britain’s roads rose by 4 per cent to the highest level since 2011 (1,792 reported road deaths in 2016, compared to 1,730 the previous year).

Jenni Wiggle, Living Streets said:

“For too long now, our towns and cities have been built around the needs of vehicles and not of people. The detrimental effects are evident in these shocking and disturbing figures.  

“We need to prioritise the safety of pedestrians to make sure everybody feels comfortable walking and can get out and enjoy their streets. The government must invest in walking to help save precious lives: crossings, 20mph limits and pedestrian zones are all ways to do this which will ensure these numbers do not continue to rise.”