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A protest campaign over poor walking and cycling safety

Effective road safety planning: what should be happening

What the vision should be
Road safety planning and policing: what we have a right to expect
Poor Merseyside road casualties should be considered
Other relevant information
Past strategies
Options that should be considered

Merseyside road safety failures

Merseyside / national road safety failures

Merseyside road safety concerns

So-Mo project on pedestrian casualties

Merseyside road safety improvements

Taking action on poor road safety

Current campaigns





Merseyside Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021
In 2017, road safety was added to the new Police and Crime Plan as a police and crime priority.

The Merseyside Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021 [1] was published in March 2017. The four police and crime priorities of the previous Plan were increased to five by the addition of "Working in partnership to improve road safety".

This followed consultation in December 2016 / January 2017, during which 89% of respondents agreed with making road safety a priority.

Commitment given

By 2021 we will:
  • Have stronger, more effective working relationships with road safety partners
  • Influence the use of engineering to drive down the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads
  • Use enforcement strategically to change attitudes, encouraging people to drive in a safer way
  • Work with partners to improve education and awareness surrounding road safety issues.

Background information

The Plan includes the background information that
  • more than 500 people are killed or suffer serious injuries on Merseyside's roads each year [the latest figures are 599 in 2016]
  • In comparison with Greater Manchester, cyclists and older road users (60+) are almost twice as likely to become casualties in Merseyside
  • pedestrians are also more likely to be injured in Merseyside.

It is progress to see recognition that Merseyside casualties are worse that in comparable areas. Too many Merseyside road safety documents have given a biased summary of the situation.


[1] The Plan can be obtained from or from here.

Last updated: 12 Jan 2020