This is Europe This is Europe World news How Helsinki and Oslo cut pedestrian deaths to zero

After years of committed action, neither city recorded a single pedestrian fatality in 2019

Both these cities have trams networks.

They cut speed limits, changed street design, removed space for cars and generally made life harder for motorists.

Now it appears the work is paying off. Two of Europe’s smaller capital cities – Oslo and Helsinki – are reaping the rewards of committed action on making their roads safer, reducing pedestrian fatalities to zero last year.

Helsinki recorded no deaths for the first time since records began in 1960, down from an average of 20-30 a year in the 1990s. In Oslo, there were also no pedestrian or cyclist deaths in the city, which has a population of 680,000, and no children under 16 died in traffic crashes in the entire country.

In comparison, 57 pedestrians died in London in 2018; 2019 figures have yet to be released.