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The UK’s most improved and dangerous roads report

The Road Safety Foundation (RSF) have just released the latest list of Britain’s most dangerous roads, in a report named ‘Making Road Travel as Safe as Rail and Air’.

The road that, according to statistics, is considered the most dangerous, is the A285 between Chichester and Petworth, linking the A27 with the A272. This 12-mile stretch of road saw the number of fatal and serious crashes recorded, spike from 17 in 2009-11 to 23 in 2012-14. Incidents included vehicles colliding at junctions, running off the road, and even head-on collisions.

The road topped the list of high-risk and medium-high risk roads where accident levels have significantly increased or remain unchanged. The safety measures taken so far are not enough to tackle the route, according to the RSF.

The second most dangerous road on the list is the 10-mile stretch of the A18 between Laceby and Ludborough where fatal and serious accidents have increased from 10 to 16 between the two periods, followed by the A588 from Blackpool to Lancaster. A 17-mile stretch where serious and fatal accidents have increased from 24 to 28.

The modest action taken by road authorities on the 10 most improved roads led to local reductions in serious crashes, from 168 to 50 (a decrease of 70%). This was due to improvements being scheduled to run alongside routine maintenance work.

Cost-wise, the reductions in serious accidents were worth £400 million to the economy, according to the report.

The report also reveals facts about other roads all over the UK:

  • For the first time, the part of Britain with the highest rate of death and serious injury on the network is the South East.
  • There was a 21% reduction on risk of death and serious injury on the network surveyed in Scotland, making it the most improved of the British regions and nations.
  • The largest single cause of serious injury on the network are crashes at junctions (33%).
  • The network suffered fatal and serious injury costs of £0.9 billion on motorways, £2 billion on the strategic ‘A’ road network and £6.4 billion on local authority ‘A’ roads.
  • On a single carriageway road, the risk to motorists is eight times greater than on a motorway and three times the risk of dual carriageway ‘A’ roads.

Here at Clearview Intelligence we take these statistics very seriously. Improving road safety through innovative road and junction safety solutions has been a key area of focus and we have been at the forefront of some very innovative and award winning schemes.

Our solutions have been proven to decrease the number of accidents on the road and we are committed to addressing road safety challenges. Whether accidents occur at junctions, as a result of running off the road at bends, or from head-on collisions, many of them could be avoided through the deployment of sustainable and active safety measures, such as our SolarLite road studs which provide an all-weather delineation solution, and schemes which incorporate advance warning to drivers via vehicle activated signs.

Contact us today to see how our intelligent systems can help you enhance safety, save lives and keep traffic flowing.
Uploaded 01/12/2016