Britain’s most dangerous roads revealed

Article Posted on: December 4, 2017

The most dangerous road in Britain has been revealed as the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton – known as the Cat and Fiddle – in the Peak District.

There were 12 fatal or serious collisions on that 11.6 kilometre stretch of road between 2013 and 2015 alone, with more than half involving motorbikes.

The risk level of roads across the UK was calculated by considering the number of accidents, taking into consideration the length of the roads and the volume of traffic.

Roads were then given a risk rating, in the analysis compiled by the Road Safety Foundation and insurer Ageas.

The next worst road is the A254 from the junction with the A28 in Margate to the junction with the A255 near Ramsgate, which had 23 collisions between 2010 and 2015.

And following just behind is the the A259 from the junction with the A2036 at Glyne Gap in East Sussex to just outside Ore in Hastings, where 52 collisions occurred. While the number of collisions was considerably higher than on the Cat and Fiddle, the risk ratings were both lower due to the higher volume of traffic.

All of these roads have an average of at least one fatal or serious crash per mile along their length across two three-year survey periods – between 2010 and 2012 and 2013 and 2015 respectively.

However, the Cat and Fiddle – listed in the persistently higher risk list six times in the past ten years – had around ten fatal and serious crashes on average every year at its peak in around 2006 to 2009.

The research has found that the South East of England has now overtaken the North and the Midlands for having the most persistently high-risk roads, with the region now home to six of the ten most dangerous carriageways.

The number of people killed on Britain’s roads increased by four per cent from 1,730 in 2015 to 1,792 in 2016, the highest annual total since 2011, according to the analysis.

On average, 71 people are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads every day, with 51 per cent of fatal casualties occurring on non-built-up roads and 5 per cent on motorways.

Unsurprisingly, London’s snarled up roads encountered the most crashes of any region in 2016, with 25,157 incidents, according to Department for Transport data.

The rest of the South East experienced 22,179 crashes, with the East of England making up the last of worst three regions for collisions, with 13,497 incidents.

Here’s a complete list of the worst 10 regions for collisions last year.

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