Mark Whitehead 22 May 2019

Scotland’s poorest ‘more likely’ to be injured by road traffic

Children in Scotland’s poorest areas are nearly three times more likely to be injured by road traffic than those in the richest, according to campaigners.

The walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland says the poorest communities are suffering a double blow by being 'locked out of transport opportunities' and by being more at risk of traffic accidents.

It has urged councils and central Government to implement measures to slow traffic and make streets safer.

Sustrans Scotland national director John Lauder said: 'This analysis shines a light on a "double injustice" being done to Scotland’s poorest communities.

'Communities are locked out of opportunities through transport poverty, and children in those communities are at three times higher risk of death or injury while out walking or cycling, simply due to their postcode.

'We are calling on local authorities and Government to implement more widespread high-quality infrastructure and slower speed streets to make children and young people safer, especially in Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Street Works and Permitting Officer

Lincolnshire County Council
£26,466 - £29,174
Are you an experienced Highways Engineer who wants to make a difference to how Street Works are managed. Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Revenues Officer x5

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31,122 - £32,112
The Revenues Service currently has vacancies for Revenues Officers. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Secondary Reintegration Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31,122 - £32,112
Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do at the Borough of Royal Greenwich. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Deputy Director of Housing

City of Wolverhampton Council
£97,896
Could you lead on the strategic housing agenda, delivering strong leadership and effective management? Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Recuriter: City of Wolverhampton Council

Senior Health Improvement Officer

Leicestershire County Council
£42,552
Leicestershire County Council is looking to recruit a dynamic public health professional to join the Health Improvement Team. Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.