Top 10 Most dangerous roads in UK
The majority of the UK’s most dangerous roads are A roads in the North and the Midlands, due in part to the nature of routes in these areas
The number of motorists killed or seriously injured in the South East increased last year, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. As such – based on the road charity's interpretation of Government figures - the total rose from 3,820 in 2010 to 4,221 the following year. Tellingly, that represents 493 casualties per-million rather than 448. Furthermore, the East Midlands figure rose from 2,076 to 2,167 which equates to 478 rather than 463 per-million. Figures also rose in the West Midlands and the North West. However, numbers fell in Eastern England and London (excluding The City of London) - and were more or less consistent in the Yorkshire and the Humber and South West areas (see table).
IAM Chief Executive, Simon Best, said: “It is unacceptable that road deaths and serious injuries have risen since 2010 in several regions, as well as at a national level. Ministers should take this as a serious warning. Cutting road safety education and reductions in local authority spending all suggest that road safety isn’t a major priority for this government.” He continued: “The government must bring back targets for road safety. While our real aim should be for no deaths or injuries - as is the case on the railways - simply meeting the European target of reducing deaths by 50% by 2020 would, in itself, save a thousand lives.” However, the IAM say that “local authorities will receive a 26% reduction in funding from central government over the next four years” and that councils have “no obligation to spend a set amount on road safety”. This, the charity claims, is “reflected in these road safety statistics”.
The majority of the UK’s most dangerous roads are A roads in the North and the Midlands, due in part to the nature of routes in these areas: rural roads, challenging roads, with hidden dangers such as blind corners and sweeping bends. Lighter traffic allows higher speeds and more opportunities for often dangerous overtaking. All of those listed are single carriageway. The risk on single carriageways is twice that of dual carriageways and 6 times that of motorways. Seventeen per cent of single carriageway roads are in the highest risk categories compared with 3% of dual carriageways and 0% of motorways. The road topping the persistently higher risk list is the A537 Macclesfield to Buxton, well known as the ‘Cat and Fiddle’. This challenging single carriageway spanning 12km across the Peak District National Park is bounded by dry stone walls or rock face for almost all of its length, the road is characterised by severe bends, uphill climbs and steep falls from the carriageway. Due to the nature of the road’s elevation it can mean that weather conditions can change quickly and dramatically.
Persistently higher risk roads are as follows
- A537 Macclesfield to Buxton
- A686 Penrith to Haydon Bridge
- A5012 between A515 and A6
- A621 between Baslow and Totley
- A5004 Whaley Bridge (A6) to Buxton
- A54 Congleton to Buxton(A53)
- A62 M62 J27 – A6110
- A255 Margate to Ramsgate
- A285 A27 Chichester to Petworth
- A675 M65 J3 to Bolton