Here we reveal which of Britain’s roads are the most dangerous to drive on
According to new data gathered by the Road Safety Foundation and Ageas Insurance, the most dangerous road in the UK is the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton in the Peak District.
Known to most people as the Cat and Fiddle, this 11.6 kilometre stretch of road is where 12 fatal or serious accidents happened between 2013 and 2015 – over half of these collisions involved a motorbike.
Every road in the UK was assessed to find out their risk level, taking into account the length of the road, the number of incidents and the volume of traffic. Based on their findings, a risk rating was applied to each road.
The road that came second for being one of the worst in Britain was the A254 from the junction with the A28 in Margate to the junction with the A255 near Ramsgate. Between 2010 and 2015, there were 23 accidents on this stretch of road alone.
Third in line as one of the worst roads in the UK was the A259 between Glyne Gap in East Sussex to Ore in Hastings – 52 collisions have occurred on this road and whilst you might be thinking that this number is much higher than on the A537, the risk ratings for both the second and third worst roads were lower because of the higher volume of traffic.
From two three-year survey periods it was confirmed that each of these roads on average have at least one serious or fatal collision per mile along their stretch of road. The periods were from 2010 to 2012 and 2013 to 2015 respectively.
In comparison, the Cat and Fiddle has appeared on the higher risk list six times during the past decade, with ten fatal and serious accidents occurring on average every year around its peak between 2006 and 2009.
According to their research, the most persistently high risk roads can now be found in the South East of England rather than in the North or the Midlands. This area now houses six out of the 10 most dangerous carriageways.
In 2016, the number of people killed on the UK’s roads rose by 4% from 1,730 in 2015 to 1,792 last year – and according to analysis this represents the highest yearly total since 2011.
It’s estimated that around 71 people are killed or seriously injured every day on Britain’s roads. Of these, 51% of fatal casualties happen on non built-up roads, whilst 5% occur on motorways.
Data released by the Department for Transport did show that London’s roads did see the most accidents out of all the regions in 2016, which comes as no surprise – 25,157 in total.
Throughout the South East there were 22,179 collisions, whilst the East of England came in as the last of the worst three regions for crashes at 13,497.
The UK’s worst 10 regions for car accidents 2016:
London – 25,157
South East- 22,179
East of England – 13,497
North West – 12,727
Yorkshire and Humber – 12,454
West Midlands – 12,242
South West – 10,640
East Midlands – 9,865
North East – 4,592
Data Sourced by Co-op Insurance
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