A new interactive ‘Dangerous Roads Map’ from motor insurer Ageas, using analysis from the Road Safety Foundation (RSF), has revealed Britain’s riskiest roads. In the report ‘Getting Back on Track’, Ageas and the Road Safety Foundation are together calling for an immediate investment of £75 million from the government, and a further £75 million annually for five years thereafter, to improve the riskiest roads.
It’s estimated that this investment of £450m could prevent as many as 5,600 deaths or serious injuries over the next two decades with prevention value of around £2 billion.
Progress on reducing road deaths has stagnated since 2011, with 1,793 people killed on Britain’s roads in 2017 the highest number since 2011. If Great Britain had been on track to halve road deaths within this decade, in line with international targets, an extra 2,549 people would not have lost their lives between 2010 and 2017.
The 40 ‘persistently higher risk’ roads identified in the Map had an average of at least one fatal or serious crash per mile along their length in the three-year survey period (2014-16). A single investment of £75 million investment on these roads is urgently needed and would prevent an estimated 1,100 fatal and serious injuries over the next two decades.
The risk of fatal and serious road crashes is highest in the South East (26 fatal and serious crashes per billion vehicle kilometres), which is also home to the persistently highest risk road, between Margate and Ramsgate. The risk is lowest in the West Midlands and the most improved road is the A161 in Yorkshire, which has seen a decrease in fatal and serious crashes from 13 (in 2011-13) to 1 (in 2014-16) due in part to the re-routing of the road, engagement with motorcyclist groups and traditional lining and signing improvements.