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Transport for London’s new crash map immediately crashes

Popularity sees it clogged by congestion, just like the real thing

Just hours after it was launched yesterday, TfL’s new interactive digital collision map went down for about an hour, as excited Londoners zoomed in to find out where accidents had happened.

The map uses data collected by the police dating back to 2005. Users can filter the results by location, seriousness of incident, and date. The aim is to help raise awareness of road conditions and encourage road users to take extra care at junctions.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said the mapping tool will enable TfL to make “significant improvements in road safety”.

“This is one of many measures we are taking to further reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads,” he added.

In the coming months, TfL plans to release an API so software developers can create apps using the data. TfL itself already combines collision data with traffic data at accident black spots where steps could be taken to improve safety.

It would appear that has already happened in some areas. East London’s Silicon Roundabout is notorious for cycling accidents, yet the new map reveals that there hasn’t been a serious accident here involving a cyclist since 2011.

According to the mayor and TfL, the number of people killed or seriously injured fell to its lowest level since records began during 2014.®

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