Map Of London's Road Deaths, 1999-2010

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 76 months ago
Map Of London's Road Deaths, 1999-2010

A very impressive, if sobering, piece of data visualisation this, from the BBC: they've mapped every single road death in Britain over the eleven years between 1999 and 2010.

Around London, some of the more dangerous spots include Trafalgar Square (perhaps not surprising, with its deadly combination of multiple traffic streams and tourists not used to vehicles approaching from the left) and the western end of Oxford Circus, around Edgware Road. The two cyclist deaths on Blackfriars Bridge, which has become a rallying point for safer bike planning across the city, are accounted for.

In a further effort to gauge how dangerous London's roads really are, the BBC London team are currently out on the streets with some of the capital's ambulance crews, live-blogging their typical weekday routine.

Last Updated 06 December 2011


That's an impressive, if grim, visualisation. That said, I was a little surprised how few deaths there are in central London over the 11-year period. One is too many, of course, but my hunch would have been higher (mostly from pedestrians crossing the road recklessly - I see near misses all the time). 

Kudos to London's Ambulance Service (and especially the Air Ambulance) for keeping this number down.


The number of "one goods vehicle (over 7.5t) and one bicycle" is the most disturbing statistic for me.