Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership is to relaunch as the ‘Vision Zero Partnership’, under a radical new Road Safety Strategy.
The new strategy is based on the principle that no human being should be killed or seriously injured as the result of a road collision and sets ambitious targets for a 50% reduction in people killed and seriously injured by 2030 and working towards zero fatalities and severe injuries by 2040.
A key element of the new strategy is the involvement of local road users and communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, in line with the Think Communities approach that is being used in other service areas.
As part of the strategy, earlier in the year more than 4000 local residents and road users provided feedback on local road safety and this has been used to inform the new partnership strategy, structure and priorities. The top two priorities identified by respondents were road maintenance and speeding which will be reflected directly in activity under the new partnership workstreams for safe roads and safe speeds alongside others for safe people, safe vehicles and post-crash response.
The Strategy was created after a governance and partnership review, undertaken by independent road safety specialists Agilysis and Traject and funded by the Acting Police and Crime Commissioner which sought views from partners, stakeholders and communities alongside reviewing best practice evidence.
Acting Police and Crime Commissioner Ray Bisby said: “I both welcome and share this new ‘Vision Zero’ goal. Being able to provide funding which provides preventative and educational road safety initiatives remains a key priority for me.
“It has been a pleasure to see all the partners come together to develop this new, ambitious strategy over the past year or so with the support of Agilysis and Traject.
“While the strategy itself can be considered an achievement, we are fully aware this is just the starting point and are looking forward to implementing and evolving the strategy over the coming years as we work towards zero.”
The first step in implementing the new strategy has been the appointment of a new Road Safety Partnership Delivery Manager, funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, who will coordinate activity across the partners and provide the vital link with communities to help develop local, sustainable road safety solutions.
Matt Staton, who will take up the new Partnership Delivery Manager role in January 2021, said: “Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are leading the way in this kind of approach and that’s what makes this a really exciting opportunity for all involved. The new partnership and strategy are great first steps in delivering real change when it comes to improving safety on the roads and it is really important that this now translates into actions.
“Work is already underway to develop the first action plans under the new strategy for delivery next year and to ensure the good work partners and communities are already doing is recognised, supported and added to with innovative new, collaborative programmes.”
The Vision Zero Partnership is a partnership between the following organisations:
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- Peterborough City Council
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary
- Beds, Cambs & Herts Tri-force road policing
- Highways England
- Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
- East of England Ambulance Service
- Public Health
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital
- Roads Victim’s Trust
- Magpas Air Ambulance