Britain's most dangerous roads revealed

The European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) has recently published a report that looks into the cost of dangerous roads in the UK, revealing that accidents on motorways and A roads outside of urban areas cost the UK economy £36billion each year, accounting for 1.2 per cent of the country's GDP.

In the report, it notes that the highest risk route is the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton, which is also known as the Cat and Fiddle, in the Peak District.

The conclusion was based on the level of road safety improvement (or declining performance) in each UK county between 2010-12 and 2013-15.

Results show a county ranking based on improvement, the cost of injury, road crashes in each county and the cost per head of population.

This particular stretch of road was placed in the "persistently higher risk", a category EuroRAP assigns to "busy higher risk roads where serious crashes are little improved or worsening" over six years.

Other routes placed in this damning category included: the A254 between Ramsgate and Margate, the A537, and the A259 from Glyne Gap to Ore, which is the third persistently higher risk road.

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According to the study, this year's most improved road is the A4151 in Gloucestershire from Nailbridge to the A48.

In response to these findings, the Road Safety Foundation/Ageas UK partnership has launched risk maps for each county and any improved or persistently higher risk roads.

The interactive map includes an opportunity to tweet or email relevant MPs to ask them to support road safety investment. Readers can find out more here.

The findings state that road accidents cost more than £36billion a year, which is more than the government spends on primary schools and GP services combined.

In response to the problem, the UK government allocated a £175m Safer Roads Fund to tackle a portfolio of the 50 most dangerous local A roads in England after researched revealed that for every £1 spent on road safety engineering treatments the economy is typically saved more than £3.

Story by Leon Poultney

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