A report out today from The Road Safety Foundation and Ageas calls for government action to prevent 10,300 fatal and serious injuries on roads in Britain that have been rated as dangerous.
The report, “How Safe Are You on Britain’s Main Road Networks?” shows why government must release new investment to improve the performance of 75 persistently higher risk roads. The report also reveals the marked difference in accidents recorded on roads where disciplined safety targets are in place, calling for the proposed Major Road Network to follow the goal orientated strategies in place on the Strategic Road Network which is managed by Highways England.
Supported by Ageas since 2012, this annual report examines the performance of Britain’s road network, identifying the roads where lives could be saved with physical improvements. This year their analysis has identified that;
- 60% of all deaths are concentrated on the 12.5% of the stretches of road surveyed
- an immediate £117 million investment to prevent 3,450 fatal and serious injuries on persistently higher risk roads over the next 20 years
- £83 million annual investment is needed over the next five years to address most of the unacceptably higher risk roads, preventing around 6,850 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years
Ageas also uses the latest data from the Road Safety Foundation to produce an interactive ‘Dangerous Roads Map’ . This reveals Britain’s riskiest roads to drivers and other road users.
Kate Fuller, Acting Executive Director of the Road Safety Foundation said:
Any flaw in the build safety of main roads leads to tragedy.
Our research shows Scotland’s adoption of formal casualty reduction targets is delivering results and Scotland’s main road network is now safer than England’s and Wales. For England and Wales to achieve similar results, the newly defined major road network must adopt disciplined safety goals –and Government must release new funding from the successful Safer Road Fund to address the 75 persistently higher risk roads.
Andy Watson CEO of Ageas Insurance said:
I’m certain that over the last seven years the analysis offered by these reports has led to improvements that have saved lives.
However, it is disappointing to see that the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads has flat lined in this time. There are two things we now need governments to do to reduce death and serious injuries of road users; the first is to insist that clear measures and targets are applied to the Major Road Network and the second is to attend to the 75 persistently higher risk roads that need immediate attention. The Safer Roads Fund has shown how quickly effective action can be taken – why wait to save a life?