Moscow takes third place among megalopolises in traffic safety

Moscow takes third place among megalopolises in traffic safety
Russia’s capital has substantially improved traffic safety indexes, moving up from the seventh position.

Moscow has taken third place in a rating of traffic safety and the impact of transport on the environment among the world’s ten largest megalopolises. The rating was compiled based on the results of research by Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU).

Experts compared the statistics of road accidents that took place in 2015, and their severity. In the end, London was declared the safest city, with Tokyo coming in second. Moscow improved its position, moving up to third place from seventh.

These cities also made the top three in terms of transport infrastructure development. Tokyo was first, followed by London and Moscow, respectively. 

“MSU researchers compared more than 200 indexes of transport infrastructure development in such megalopolises as Moscow, New York, Tokyo, London and Singapore. Moscow climbed to third place in the traffic safety index. This is a very good result for us. It means we are moving in the right direction and, of course, we have a lot of work to do to improve this figure,” Head of Traffic Organisation Centre Vadim Yuryev said.

According to Mr Yuryev, safety on the roads is a top priority of the centre. “Measures implemented by the transport complex, jointly with the Main Directorate for Road Traffic Safety (GIBDD), are certainly producing results. These include integration of a complex system for arranging traffic, and readjustment of traffic lights. Substantial attention is paid to photo and video recording, which is a powerful tool for preventing road accidents,” Vadim Yuryev said.

The number of accidents continues to drop. In the first five months of 2016, there were 12 percent fewer accidents, with almost 1,500 fewer victims than in the same period last year.