Revealed! The most dangerous road in Britain

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Revealed! The most dangerous road in Britain
Revealed! The most dangerous road in Britain

A new report has revealed the most dangerous road in Britain as being the A537 between Cheshire and Derbyshire.

The 7.5-mile stretch of road between Macclesfield and Buxton has seen 44 fatal or serious crashes between 2007 and 2011, up 35 since the 2002 and 2006 report.

The study, which revealed the top 10 danger spots across the UK, was carried out by the Road Safety Foundation using an advanced crash-site map and traffic data from the EU, reports the Metro.

Of the 10, seven were single carriageway A roads, which were found to be seven times as dangerous as motorways.

The West Midlands showed the lowest risk of deaths or injury on its A roads, while the East Midlands had the highest risk of death or injury on its roads.

Researchers have now created a map showing the risk major roads outside towns and cities pose.

RSF director Dr Steve Lawson said told Sky News: "The specification that authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general.

"That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control - such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels - with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts."

He went on: "Road managers need not only money, but the tools and goals to measure and manage infrastructure safety."

AA president Edmund King told the Mirror: "Most drivers assume that motorways or dual carriageways are the most dangerous roads due to the higher speed of traffic.

"This report clearly dispels that myth - drivers need to be aware of the added risks and adapt their driving accordingly."

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