UK's most dangerous road identified

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A 12-mile stretch of the A285 in West Sussex has been named as the most dangerous road in the UK.

A new report by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF), revealed that the stretch of road, between Chichester and Petworth, has seen the number of collisions involving death and serious injury rise 16 per cent in the five years between 2007 and 2012.

This particular 12-mile section topped a list of high-risk roads that have seen no improvement in accident levels.

The RSF's report, entitled 'How Safe Are You On Britain's Roads?' suggested that the safety measures implemented on the A285 were not sufficient, and that "more far-reaching intervention" was needed.

The report highlighted other hazardous routes, including a 10-mile stretch of the A809 in Glasgow, and an eight-mile section of the A937 near Montrose, Angus – both of which are regarded as persistently risky.

Further dangerous roads mentioned in the RSF's report were the A18 between Laceby and Ludborough, Lincolnshire, a five-mile section of the A6 near Lancaster and a 6.4-mile section of the A61 at Wakefield.

The RSF's research also unearthed a number of other road statistics. The risk of death or serious injury on motorways or A roads is lowest when traveling through the West Midlands, and at its highest in the East Midlands.

Overall, however, motorways remain the safest type of road, and have seen a 20 per cent reduction in fatal and serious crashes over the last five years. Crashes at junctions are the most common type of accident leading to serious injuries.

The report also reveals that timely scheduling of road repairs can save lives. Fatal and serious crashes have been reduced by a staggering 80 per cent on 15 different stretches of road, simply by local authorities scheduling low-cost minor road improvements alongside routine maintenance – saving the UK economy an estimated £400 million overall.

Another RSF report, entitled 'Making Road Safety Pay, was launched today by organisation chairman Lord Whitty. It makes a number of recommendations on improving road safety to the Government.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: "We can no longer accept sudden, violent road death as such a significant cause of premature loss of life.

"The government must design, plan and legislate to put safety on roads on the same footing as safety in the air, sea or on rail."