A report examining 28,000 miles of road across Britain has revealed that half of all fatal road crashes occur on one-tenth of Britain’s roads, calling for government spending to be targeted at improving safety on the most dangerous roads.
Carried out by the Road Safety Foundation, the survey suggests that the high cost of emergency services and hospitals could be avoided by spending small sums in accident blackspots. Simple, well planned measures at relatively little expense could help Britain reduce road deaths with good economic returns.
It revealed that Scotland has the highest-risk highways, followed by parts of northern England, with the West Midlands being the safest region for motorists. Britain's most-dangerous road was revealed as the Cat and Fiddle Pass section of the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton in Cheshire which has been the scene of 43 fatal or serious collisions since 2001.
The most improved road was named as the A40 between Llandovery and Carmarthen. Improved junctions and markings, along with resurfacing with high friction, anti-skid treatments, saw the number of serious accidents fall from 27 between 2003 and 2005 to seven in the following three years.
TOP 10 DANGEROUS ROADSA537 Macclesfield to Buxton - Cheshire/Derbyshire
A5012 Pikehall to Matlock – Derbyshire
A621 Baslow to Totley - Derbyshire/South Yorkshire
A625 Calver to Sheffield - South Yorkshire
A54 Congleton to Buxton – Derbyshire
A581 Rufford to Chorley – Lancashire
A5004 Whaley Bridge to Buxton – Derbyshire
A675 Blackburn to Preston – Lancashire
A61 Barnsley to Wakefield - South/West Yorkshire
A285 Chichester to Petworth - West Sussex
Source: Road Safety Foundation
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