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Top 10 dangerous roads in Britain revealed

Figures released by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) has shown that the most dangerous road in the country is the A285 in West Sussex.

Top 10 dangerous roads in Britain revealed

Published: 10 November 2014
By Chris Haycock




The report from the Road Safety Foundation, published in November 2014, pinpoints the most dangerous British roads for motorists, as well as those that have made the highest improvements to safety.

The A285, situated between the A27 in Chichester and Petworth, is a 19 kilometer stretch of road that was given a EuroRAP Risk Rating of 183.7 (See http://www.roadsafetyfoundation.org/eurorap-uk/eurorap's-protocols.aspx).

Coming second on the list of the most dangerous roads was the A809, a 16km stretch of road in Glasgow, followed by the A939 located at Montrose in Angus.

The top 10 most dangerous roads are:

RankRoadLocation
1A285A27 (Chichester) to Petworth
2A809Glasgow to A811
3A937Montrose to A90 at Laurencekirk
4A18Laceby to Ludborough
5A6M6 Junction 33 to Lancaster
6A61Wakefield to M11 Junction 44
7A36A3090 to Totton
8A589Full route around Lancaster
9A643Brighouse to Morley
10A4300Full route through Kettering

The publication lists high-risk roads that have demonstrated significant increases in the number of accidents occuring on the roads, as well as high-risk roads that have shown no change.

However, the report did highlight that the number of people killed on Britain's roads in 2013 decreased from 1,754 in 2012 to 1,713 in 2013 - a 2 percent reduction, which is an encouraging statistic, demonstrating that our roads are getting safer every year.

Other Statistics

Other statistics included in the report showed that six in 10 fatalities in this country occur on rural roads.

The cost of injuries on British motorways, national trunk roads and local authority 'A' roads costs almost £2.1 billion each year.

Astonishingly, single carriageway 'A' roads have seven times the risk of motorways, and three times the risk of dual carriageways.

Of those killed on motorways and dual carriageways, the highest number of deaths occurred after vehicles ran off the road. On single carriageway roads the highest number were attributed to junctions.

Although motorcyclists account for just 1 percent of all traffic on our roads, they make up over a fifth (21%) of all fatal crashes on the road network that the organisation studied.

The East Midlands fared the worst for regional statistics, with 31 deaths or serious injuries per billion vehicle kilometers travelled. Neighbouring county West Midlands came out top of the list at 17 per billion km, where risk has dropped by 23% in the last three years.

Commenting on the findings, the Chairman of the Road Safety Foundation, Lord Whitty of Camberwell, said that the government needed to focus on improving road safety, said "the Foundation welcomes government's increasing recognition of the need to focus action on this network where the risk of death and serious injury is frequently unaccaptably high".

The Road Safety Foundation (http://www.roadsafetyfoundation.org/) is a UK-based charity that advocates reducing the number of casualties on the roads, and the organisation focuses on leading the establishment of the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP), who aim to saving lives through safer roads.

The full report can be downloaded at http://www.roadsafetyfoundation.org/media/30870/eurorap_brochure_2014.pdf (PDF).


Highways England news licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

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