Quarter 4 - March 2019
The whole of 2018 showed a very slight increase in the number of reported road traffic collision compared to 2017, with 1910 injury collisions being recorded in 2018 against 1902 in 2017. These collisions resulted in 2526 casualties comprised of 20 deaths, 463 serious injuries and 1472 slight injuries. There were two fewer deaths compared to 2017, but the total number of deaths and serious injuries combined, known as KSIs (killed and seriously injured) increased slightly to 483 in 2018 from 479 in 2017.
The numbers of KSI casualties have remained at a consistent level since 2011 and this reflects the national picture as set out in the recent PACTS* report – Road Safety Since 2010, published in December 2018. While this lack of change should be seen against the increase in population and traffic growth, the progress against our milestones is disappointing and highlights the need for continual effort to reduce casualties on our roads.
In 2018 a number of road safety schemes were introduced including the introduction of a £2.4 million road safety scheme on the A285 between Halnaker and Petworth funded by the Department for Transports road safety fund. The works consist of building a hard strip between the road and the verge and a ribbed edge line, similar to the ones found on motorways and dual carriageways. More than half of the serious accidents on the A285 involve drivers leaving the road; the ribbed edge line will introduce an audible and tactile warning to drivers if they leave their lane. Major road safety schemes comprising of road surfacing improvement were completed on the A280 Cricket Club and Waterworks bends and a junction improvement introduced on the A24 and Warnham.
5.8km of new cycle track provision was completed across the county and 12 signalised pedestrian crossings were refurbished and improved.
There is continued investment with £600,000 earmarked for road safety investigation and improvement schemes in 2019 comprising of a number of larger scheme including resurfacing and profiling bends on the B2133 Hughes Hill, Wisborough Green, Reconfiguration of mini-roundabout junction on Portsmouth Road Lindfield, the design of a junction improvement at New Road on the A285 Boxgrove and treatments at 15 identified “black Spots” across the county.
We are continuing to be an active partner within the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership promoting a wide range of behavioural change programmes.
Quarter 3 - December 2018
The first nine months of 2018 showed a slight reduction in the number of reported road traffic collision compared to 2017. There were 1392 reported injury collision, 54 fewer than in the same period in 2017; this included 6 fewer road deaths.
Construction work to introduce a road safety scheme on the A285 between Halnaker and Petworth has begun with good progress being made. It is anticipated that the scheme will be completed by early May 2019. The works consist of building a hard strip between the road and the verge and a ribbed edge line, similar to the ones found on motorways and dual carriageways. More than half of the serious accidents on the A285 involve drivers leaving the road; the ribbed edge line will introduce an audible and tactile warning to drivers if they leave their lane – the width of which will also be made more consistent as part of the scheme.
Major road safety schemes comprising of road surfacing improvement were completed on the A280 Cricket Club and Waterworks bends and a junction improvement introduced on the A24 and Warnham.
Road safety “Step Up” leaflets giving advice to children moving up to secondary school were supplied to every year 6 pupil in West Sussex and 30 Theatre in Education productions covering distractions while walking and passenger safety have been delivered to schools.
Quarter 2 - September 2018
The first six months of 2018 were broadly similar to 2017; there have been fewer reported road traffic injury collisions, 919, down 19 from 938. While there were fewer people killed in road accidents, 9 in the first six months of 2018 against 13 in the same period in 2017, the number of number of people seriously injured rose slightly to 228, an increase of 14.
Most recently we have supported Operation Edward (European day without a road death) and are promoting the Space Invader initiative lead by Highways England to highlight tailgating behaviours. Works to introduce a safety scheme on the A285 consisting of constructing sections of hard strip safety edge at the side of the road to help in cases of driver error, introducing a ribbed edge line, similar to the ones found on motorways and dual carriageways and making the lane widths more consistent
Quarter 1 - June 2018
The first four months of 2018 were broadly similar to the start of 2017; there have been fewer reported road traffic injury collisions, 567, down 39 from 606. While there were fewer people killed in road accidents, 5 in the first four months of 2018 against 9 in the same period in 2017, the number of number of people seriously injured rose slightly to 134.
We seek to reduce the harm from road traffic collision in a number of different ways including an engineering programme that addresses identified areas with higher occurrences of collisions and by building cycle ways and pedestrian crossings. As a contributor to the Sussex safer Roads Partnership we are involved in delivering a broad range of road safety education and publicity initiatives across the whole of Sussex.
Quarter 4 - March 2018 performance
There were 100 fewer reported injury collisions reported in West Sussex in 2017 than in 2016, though the number of fatal and serious casualties remained broadly similar with 24 deaths (4 fewer than in 2016) and 453 serious.
A programme of engineering interventions is being developed to improve locations that are identified as having a high number of collisions.
The current route priority assessment process is being reviewed with the intention of introducing a new mechanism to develop a forward programme of safe systems interventions based on route quality, traffic flow and collision record.
In May 2011 the former coalition government published a Strategic Framework for Road Safety. Within this the following key indicators were proposed for use in comparing performance between different local authorities:
- Number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties
- Rate of KSI casualties per million people
- Rate of KSI casualties per billion vehicle miles
The Department for Transport have continued to publish annual results for each local authority for each of these key indicators, the most recent of which was on 28 September 2017. This note provides a summary of how West Sussex is doing in comparison to the rest of England, and in comparison to the CIPFA Near Neighbours by local authorities. The data is presented in Charts 1 to 3 below.
2. Number of killed and seriously injured casualties
It can be seen from Chart 1 that there was an increase of 11% in West Sussex in 2016 compared to the baseline average for 2010 to 2014 (which is used by the Department for Transport for comparison purposes). This increase in West Sussex is above the 8% increase across England, and is representative of the 12% increase across the South East. West Sussex was ranked 6th out of the 16 comparison local authorities on this measure.
3. Rate of Killed or seriously injured casualties per million people
It can be seen from Chart 2 that West Sussex had a greater number of KSIs per million population (572) compared to the whole of England (414) and compared to the whole of the South East (514). West Sussex was ranked 10th out of the 16 comparison local authorities on this measure.
4. Rate of killed or seriously casualties per billion vehicle miles
It can be seen from Chart 3 that West Sussex had a higher number of KSIs per billion vehicle miles (103) compared to the whole of England (82) and the South East (83). West Sussex was ranked 15th out of the 16 local authorities on this measure
The Department for Transport have advised that a large number of police forces changed their reporting systems in 2016, (West Sussex has not yet changed), and this appears to have resulted in an increase in the proportion of casualties that are being recorded as serious. This has made time series comparison of recent years problematical.