Most Dangerous Roads in Britain Revealed

A comprehensive report entitled ‘How Safe Are You On Britain’s Roads?’ was released this week. The report was conducted by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) and sponsored by motor insurer Ageas. It compiled a list of what RSF consider to be medium-high and high risk roads that have failed to improve or declined in terms of safety, as well as an analysis of the measures that have been taken to improve road safety and some proposals for future measures.

Here are the top five most high risk roads:

  1. A285 between Chichester and Petworth (West Sussex)
  2. A809 from the A811 into Glasgow (Scotland)
  3. A937 towards Montrose, Angus (Scotland)
  4. A18 between Laceby and Ludborough (Lincolnshire)
  5. A61 between Wakefield and the M1 (Yorkshire)

RSF’s list-topper, a 12-mile stretch on the Southern England coastal route, has the most consistently high levels of serious and fatal accidents, which were shown to have increased by 16% between 2007 and 2012. The report notes that while some safety measures have been taken on the A285, they’re nowhere near enough to address the causes of these crashes and concludes that a “more far-reaching intervention” is in order.

Other important findings include:

  • motorways in the West Midlands have the lowest risk of serious injury and death, but those in theEast Midlands have the highest;
  • single carriageways are three times as risky as dual carriageways and seven times as risky asmotorways;
  • 21% of serious and fatal crashes on non-urban A-roads involve pedestrians or cyclists;
  • motorways have seen a 20% reduction in serious and fatal crashes;
  • motorcyclists account for 21% of fatal crashes but only make up 1% of total road traffic.

Local councils that have been implementing low-cost safety improvements on top of routine maintenance on 15 sections of road have been shown to have significantly reduced crashes by 80%. In real terms, in the three years before their implementation, 237 people were seriously injured or killed, but in the following three years, only 52 were seriously injured or killed. The report endeavours to show that this investment has saved our economy approximately £400 million. This isn’t so surprising if you consider that since 2009 Britain’s serious crash costs were £1.9 billion on motorways, £5.9 billion on non-primary A-roads and £8.4 billion on primary A-roads.

Another RSF report, named ‘Making Road Safety Pay’ was launched today in order to make some concrete recommendations to the Government. It is clear that safety improvements to driving need to come from changes to our road infrastructure, road maintenance and it’s management as well as to our cars.

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