The UK might have some of the safest roads in the world, but there are some that have been proven to be more dangerous than others.
In a bid to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on English roads, the Government has set aside a £100 million Safer Roads Fund to enable local authorities to improve around 50 of the most notorious A-road routes in the next three years.
The full list – which includes the road recently named as the most dangerous in the UK by a European safety expert – has been ranked by the cost it will take to improve safety along these sections.
Are any of the soon-to-be-revamped 56 routes ones you use regularly? You can see the full list below.
Safer Roads Fund big spenders: These are the 10 English routes that will cost the most to upgrade to make safer using the Government’s new £100m pot
The spending of the Safer Roads Funds between now and 2021 was confirmed by Transport Minister Jesse Norman this week.
Local authorities were asked to bid for the available funds if there were routes that had a particularly poor track record for crashes.
The Government said the plan would target the 50 most dangerous roads, although funding has actually been given to improve 56 routes.
An additional £75 million was also allocated to the budget, though the total spend has barely had to dip into that extra cash.
UK roads are second safest in Europe
The UK’s roads are the second safest in Europe, with only lightly-populated Sweden seeing less casualties, according to annual European Commission road safety statistics.
Its preliminary findings for 2017 showed 27 deaths per million inhabitants on UK roads, compared to Sweden’s figure of 25.
The UK figure compares to an EU average of 49 and is down 5 per cent on 2016 and 7 per cent on 2010.
In total, the Government will fork out £100,165,732 to revamp dangerous routes, with upgrades taking place over the next 36 months.
Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Norman said: ‘I am pleased today to announce the successful bids for the Safer Roads Fund, which we made available to enable local authorities to improve the 50 most dangerous stretches of A roads in England.
‘We are investing £100 million to tackle these dangerous roads.
‘This sum fully funds all bids from the local authorities concerned.
‘The additional £75 million initially allocated for the work has not been required, but we will continue to look closely at further scope for capital improvements to improve road safety.’
The UK’s most dangerous road – A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton – will benefit from the government fund
The 11-mile stretch, also known as the Cat and Fiddle, will have £2,490,000 spent on it to make it safer. It’s the 13th most expensive route to receive the government funding
Included in the list is the notorious A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton. This stretch of road was rated as road with the most ‘persistently higher risk’ by a European road safety group.
EuroRAP described the 11-mile route, which is also know as the Cat and Fiddle, as a ‘busy higher risk road where serious crashes are little improved or worsening’ in the last six years.
A sum of £2.49 million has been allocated to Cheshire County Council to make safety improvements to the road, which will take place during 2020 and 2021.
It’s not the route that will have the highest spending, though. That goes to the A592, linking the A591 at Windermere to the A66 in Penrith. Some £7.44 million will be spent on that route to make it markedly safer than before.
Here’s a full list routes that will benefit from the £100 million Safer Roads Fund in order of highest cost.
|Road section||Local authority||Cost||Date for updates|
|A592 A591 Windermere A66 Penrith||Cumbria County Council||£7,440,000||2020/21|
|A684 M6 37 A1 Leeming Bar||North Yorkshire County Council||£7,065,000||2018/19|
|A361 Banbury Chipping Norton||Oxfordshire County Council||£4,135,000||2017/18|
|A529 Hinstock A41 Market Drayton A53||Shropshire County Council||£3,888,000||2018/19|
|A161 Goole -Ealand||East Riding of Yorkshire Council||£3,861,000||2017/18|
|A161 Urban Area||North Lincolnshire Council||£3,225,000||2020/21|
|A683 Lancaster A65 Kirkby Lonsdale||Lancashire County Council||£3,110,000||2019/20|
|A5012 A515 A6 Cromford||Derbyshire County Council||£3,079,000||2020/21|
|A6108 Ripon Scotch Corner||North Yorkshire County Council||£2,972,000||2020/21|
|A18 Laceby Ludborough||North East Lincolnshire Council||£2,822,000||2018/19|
|A631 Market Rasen Louth||Lincolnshire County Council||£2,725,000||2020/21|
|A5004 Buxton Whaley||Derbyshire County Council||£2,540,000||2020/21|
|A537 Macclesfield A34 Buxton||Cheshire County Council||£2,490,000||2020/21|
|A126 Lakeside Tilbury||Thurrock Borough Council||£2,488,792||2020/21|
|A536 Lower Heath A34 Macclesfield||Cheshire County Council||£2,310,000||2020/21|
|A3123 Mullacott Cross A361 A399||Devon County Council||£2,200,000||2020/21|
|A634 Maltby Blyth||Nottinghamshire County Council||£2,181,000||2017/18|
|A4173 A38 Pitchcombe A46||Gloucestershire County Council||£2,160,000||2017/18|
|A252 Charing A20 Chilham A28||Kent County Council||£2,146,000||2019/20|
|A684 M6 J37 A1 Leeming Bar||Cumbria County Council||£1,987,940||2018/19|
|A3071 St Just Penzance A30||Cornwall County Council||£1,940,000||2020/21|
|A588 Lancaster Skippool A585||Lancashire County Council||£1,904,000||2018/19|
|A3121 Ermington A37 Wrangaton A38||Devon County Council||£1,900,000||2019/20|
|A4 M4 J7 M4 J5||Slough Borough Council||£1,711,000||2020/21|
|A32 Fareham Gosport||Hampshire County Council||£1,581,000||2019/20|
|A285 Petworth Boxgrove||West Sussex County Council||£1,532,000||2017/18|
|A290 Canterbury Seasalter||Kent County Council||£1,501,000||2020/21|
|A6033 Hebden Bridge Cross Roads||Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council||£1,432,000||2019/20|
|A628 Ashton-Under Lyne A62||Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council||£1,400,000||2019/20|
|A1303 Stowe-cum-Quy Newmarket Bypass||Cambridgeshire County Council||£1,302,000||2017/18|
|A581 A59 Rufford A49 Euxton||Lancashire County Council||£1,263,000||2020/21|
|A1084 Brigg Caistor||Lincolnshire County Council||£1,245,000||2019/20|
|A6 Lancaster-M6 J33||Lancashire County Council||£1,216,000||2019/20|
|A619 Bakewell -Baslow||Derbyshire County Council||£1,179,000||2018/19|
|A3058 Quintrell Downs Summercourt A30||Cornwall County Council||£1,160,000||2020/21|
|A217 Reigate Gatwick||Surrey County Council||£1,117,000||2020/21|
|A57 M62 J7- Lingley Green||St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council||£1,040,000||2019/20|
|A532 Ashton-Under Lyne A62||Cheshire County Council||£1,030,500||2017/18|
|A40 Stokenchurch West Wycombe||Buckinghamshire County Council||£999,000||2017/18|
|A371 Weston-Super- Mare A370 Banwell||North Somerset Council||£982,000||2019/20|
|A670 Ashton-under-Lyne A62||Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council||£962,000||2019/20|
|A167 Topcliffe Carloton Miniott||North Yorkshire County Council||£900,000||2017/18|
|A6033 Hebden Bridge Littleborough||Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council||£899,000||2019/20|
|A1290 Usworth West Bolden||Sunderland Borough Council||£782,500||2020/21|
|A631 Bishop Ridge Market Rasen||Lincolnshire County Council||£645,000||2019/20|
|A682 Barrowford Long Preston||North Yorkshire County Council||£615,000||2018/19|
|A27 Fareham Cosham||Hampshire County Council||£600,000||2019/20|
|A36 Wigley Totton||Hampshire County Council||£568,000||2017/18|
|A67 A66 Bowes Barnard Castle||Durham County Council||£528,000||2017/18|
|A682 Barrowford -A65 Long Preston||Lancashire County Council||£450,000||2018/19|
|A1290 Usworth West Bolden||Sunderland Borough Council||£210,000||2017/18|
|A36 Wigley Totton||Hampshire County Council||£180,000||2019/20|
|A27 Fareham Cosham||Hampshire County Council||£178,000||2017/18|
|A27 Fareham Corsham||Portsmouth||£178,000||2017/18|
|A32 Fareham Gosport||Hampshire County Council||£149,000||2017/18|
|A27 Fareham Corsham||Portsmouth||£61,000||2019/20|
|Source: Department for Transport|
Jesse Norman said the £100 million fund would work alongside two other road safety projects aimed at reducing casualties.
One of these measures is to equip police forces with the latest-generation mobile breathalysers.
The £350,000 investment will give patrols the tools to accurately determine if drivers are over the alcohol limit and use the readings to prosecute.
The second is a £480,000 partnership between police forces and the RAC Foundation to trial an innovative approach to road collision investigation, carrying out more in-depth, qualitative analysis of the underlying causes of road safety incidents.
Transport Minister Jesse Norman confirmed which 56 English roads would benefit from the fund on Wednesday
Other Department for Transport developments confirmed this week include a refreshed road safety statement and a two-year action plan to make roads safer for four priority groups.
These are young people, rural road users, motorcyclists and older vulnerable users.
‘The first three of these groups are continually over-represented in our road casualty statistics, while we have data to confirm that the safety of older road users is a growing concern,’ Mr Norman added.
‘Our goal is for everyone to continue to enjoy the mobility that driving offers, but to do so safely.
‘The development of this refreshed road safety statement will also take account of the early lessons from the new road collision investigation pilots.’
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