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18% of the UK road network now classified as high risk

18% of the UK road network now classified as high risk – is it time to act?
The latest EuroRAP report entitled ‘How much do road crashes cost where you live?‘ published by The Road Safety Foundation in September has for the first time included some regional analysis of the crash statistics across the UK using STATS19 data as its base. As leading providers of road safety solutions, this interested our expert team.


The report highlights the issues still facing our authorities by naming and shaming those lowest and highest risk authorities based on their total economic loss as a result of the incidents that have occurred in their areas. It’s a statistician’s dream, with lots of tables and charts, but seeing the woods for the trees can be a little tricky on first inspection.

However, the key findings presented at the start of the report bring home the substantial task still at hand to reduce road casualties in the UK:

  • 67 people are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads every day
  • 50% of fatal crashes occur on rural roads
  • Single carriageway ‘A’ roads how have eight times the risk of motorways and three times the risk of dual carriageway ‘A’ roads
  • 30% of all deaths on all types of roads is due to crashes where a vehicle ran off the road
  • Crashes at junctions are the cause of 35% of serious injuries on ‘A’ roads
  • 18% of the road network mapped now has unacceptably high risk

It’s not all bad news though.

Many roads have seen significant increases in safety, through investment in a myriad of safety measures, including the A642 in Wakefield, where among other measures, Clearview Traffic’s SolarLite active road studs have been deployed for some time to give better delineation.

These measures have contributed to a considerable 72% decrease in fatalities and serious injuries over the two monitoring periods (from 18 between 2008-10 to 5 between 2011-13). Our commitment to road safety remains unwavering.

More can (and should) be done on all of these roads.

In many cases, alerting drivers to the shape of the road layout ahead though better delineation is key to reducing the risk of run-offs, head on incidents, and crashes at junctions.

Over the last few years, we’ve been involved in a number of innovative ‘A’ road improvement schemes which have shown dramatic improvements to road safety, such as the A4128 in Buckinghamshire, the A2, A20 & A27 in Kent, the A70 in Edinburgh (pictured above), the A4226 in Barry and the A143 in Norfolk to name just a few.

At Clearview Traffic, creating innovative solutions to make roads work is what we do.

If you have a challenging road or an existing scheme that you would like to discuss, please get in contact here.
Uploaded 08/10/2015