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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 road casualties - summary
Effective road safety planning depends on accurate, relevant road casualty and other data.

Comparisons with other police areas

Comparing Merseyside with other police areas for reported deaths or serious injuries:
  • Pedestrians: Merseyside is the worst police area in Great Britain - see here
  • Child pedestrians: Merseyside is the third worst police area in Great Britain - see here
  • Cyclists: Merseyside is in the bottom third - see here
  • Child cyclists: Merseyside is the fifth worst police area in Great Britain - see here
  • Motorcyclists: Merseyside is the worst metropolitan area - see here
  • Car occupants: see here
  • Total (all modes): Merseyside is the worst metropolitan area - see here.

Comparisons with other metropolitan boroughs

Comparing the Merseyside boroughs with other English metropolitan boroughs for reported deaths or serious injuries:
  • Pedestrians and child pedestrians: Liverpool is the worst metropolitan borough - see here
  • Cyclists: Liverpool is the worst metropolitan borough - see here
  • Motorcyclists: Wirral is the second worst metropolitan borough - see here
  • Total (all modes): Liverpool is the third worst metropolitan borough - see here

Road casualty numbers, charts and locations

For tables and charts of reported road casualties since 2005, go to:
For locations of reported collisions resulting in road casualties, see here.

About the comparisons with other areas

What is being compared?
The data that is collected by police forces on each road traffic injury that they are notified about. They use a four-page form, the STATS19 reporting form - see The data is collated and published annually by the DfT.

What are metropolitan areas?
The six metropolitan counties in England were created in 1972. They are Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands, and West Yorkshire. Greater London was created separately in 1965.

How was the data obtained for analysis here?
By download from on 15 November 2019.

How complete is the data?
Almost all road deaths are reported, but some serious injuries are not reported and only a minority of slight injuries are reported - see the discussions in the annual DfT reports.

Where else is the data published?
The DfT publishes data for each English highway authority in the spreadsheet file ras30043.ods which can be downloaded from the DfT website, or from

Where are the calculations in full?
For spreadsheets with all the casualty numbers, rates and rankings, see

What population data was used?
To calculate casualty rates per 100,000 population, population data from the Office for National Statistics was used. The data file was the mid-2013 population estimates, downloaded 22.1.2015:

Any "small print" stuff?
  • "Car occupant" includes car driver, car passenger, taxi/private hire car occupant, and minibus (8 - 16 passenger seats) occupant, in line with DfT practice.
  • "Children" refers to the age range of 0 - 15 years, again in line with DfT practice.
  • The London Metropolitan Police and City of London Police are here combined because of the very small population in the City of London.
  • The population covered by Northumbria Police is not just Tyne and Wear (1.1 million) but also Northumberland (0.3 million).

Last updated: 11 Jan 2020