Three Greater Manchester areas named ‘most dangerous’ in UK for pedestrians

Well, this isn't ideal.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th September 2023

Three Greater Manchester towns have found themselves named among the UK’s most dangerous areas for pedestrians.

It’s all according to a new research by personal injury experts,

The company analysed the latest data from the Department for Transport (DfT) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) on road collision statistics to see which areas nationwide had the highest percentage of collisions that involved pedestrians on average each year.

And it’s pretty grim reading for our region, as three of our largest and most-populous towns have earned a place in the not-so-coveted top 10.

Oldham is the highest-placing area on the list, claiming sixth place, while Manchester and Bolton also feature.


But luckily, all three did lose out the City of London, which the research found to be the number one “most dangerous” area in the UK for pedestrians.

Three Greater Manchester areas named ‘most dangerous’ in UK for pedestrians / Credit: Matthew Feeney (via Unsplash)

Between 2012 and 2021, there were, on average, 211 collisions a month in total in the City of London alone – with 61, or 28.18%, of these involving pedestrians – which is the highest of any area in the UK.


The Scottish city of Dundee comes in second place, and is also statistically the most dangerous UK area in Scotland for pedestrians – with 132 collisions having occurred in the area, on average, each year between 2012 and 2021, and with 32 of these involving pedestrians.

The affluent London area of Westminster, the Scottish capital of Glasgow, and the London borough of Camden each round out the top five, while the fellow North West city of Liverpool has also bagged itself a top 10 spot too.

Top 10 Most Dangerous UK Areas for Pedestrians

AreaAverage number of collisions each year 2012-2021Average number of pedestrian collisions each year 2012-2021Average percentage of pedestrian collisions from 2012-2021
1City of London2116128.18%

“While some areas in the UK may have a considerably large amount of collisions involving cars, it’s interesting to also where the hotspots for pedestrian collisions are as well,” a spokesperson for commented on the findings.


“It’s essential to see this information nowadays too, with many cities turning more and more walkable with time.

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“This list highlights potentially where work needs to be done.”

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