posted 4 years ago

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

How can I find out the danger rating or if their is not a rating of a road in Scotland.

The A537 [Cat & Fiddle ] road is a fabulous and challenging road which requires skill, good observation, and a quick brain.If you don't possess these skills stay off this road as it has killed lot's of people who thought they had these skills and left many more injured.

To Simon Rutherford, Unfortunately banning a driver doesn't stop him (or her) from driving. A ban should be policed, and the cost of the policing paid as an extension to the fine.

Nothing in Wales? The Carmarthen Road in Swansea is a "big earner" no need for a camera here just income generation. The A487 on the other hand should be duel carriageway but its Wales so it will never happen! Wales has so many dangerous roads due to the challenging Environment but its like West Wales does not exist so nothing happens to make things faster and safer. No figure i see for the number of elderly drivers involved in serious or fatal accidents? Why do they hit the brakes if they are being overtaken? FInal point, if it really was about getting to zero deaths and injuries then the government would loose another vital income stream and they would have to look at who has a licence seriously? maybe they could hatchet the right to drive rather like they are the right to benefits?Road deaths and injuries would plummet ! There is no desire in Government to save lives and make our roads the best and safest in the world.

No A9 Perth - Inverness ? If this was in the South connecting 2 major cities it would have been dualled decades ago. Same goes for A96 & A82.

why quote "killermeters" for UK!!!???

I can not believe the 'Snake pass' or 'Woodhead Pass' over the peninines from Sheffield to Mottram are not in the top 10

I agree with Glyn, having driven the cat and fiddle road a few times, it is a beautiful drive. The road itself is not the danger, but the reckless drivers and riders. However the introduction of the average speed cameras on the road are baffling. Can these cameras call the emergency services if there is an accident? Do they monitor traffic to ensure if you start along the cat and fiddle that the vehicle exits the other end safely....nope they catch you 3 days later if you happen to have not done the average '50' throughout the 12 km. Most drivers are careful over the cat and fiddle and if driven correctly it would be a push to drive more than 50mph.

Both the A537 and the A686 have the reputation of being 'bikers' roads. A high proportion of the accidents involve bikers who enjoy the 'Challenge' of riding theme quickly. As a regular user of the A686 I can only say I find their attitude terrifying. Time and time again I approach a left hand bend only to find a biker coming the other way cranked over with his head squarely aimed for above my offside headlamp!

In response to Glyn Roberts, had you ever had to drive up the A9 from Perth to Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland you would'nt say a road could'nt be dangerous - IT CAN BE! The Highlands are hugely tourist popular, and drivers coming from down south, used to dual carraigeway, are confused by the A9. Small portions of Dualed road and frustatingly long stretches of two way, have caused hundreds of drivers (&passenger) to be killed on that road. We have been promised by inumerable governments that they would Dual it - and still we wait. How many more have to die on that stretch of road????

i know some people may not agree but what i would like to know is how many of these accidents have happened close to speed cameras as they are the main reason for accidents if you look at the figures before and after these annoying things were put up i say get rid of them and make them illegal they are only another way for this country by this i mean robin hood and his merry men ooppss sorry ment goverment to get more money out of the motorist as far as i know no other country has them so why us that if you can get the real figures cus knowing this goverment they would cover up the real figures and the coppers would help them

Having driven over the Cat and Fiddle a couple of times recently at night in heavy rain I can see why it's a dangerous road. Although frankly, the main thing I was looking out for was the speed camera. I'm based in the East Midlands, and speed traps proliferate so much that one spends most of one's driving time split between watching the speedometer and looking for cameras (some of which are deliberately hidden, obscured, or placed in areas where the speed limit isn't clear). I've been driving since 1976 (accident free) and in the old days I tended to watch the road more: and drive at the appropriate speed rather than just under the limit, as now. I wonder if many others have changed to this style of driving, and I wonder whether there is a connection with the increase in accidents?

How a road itself can be 'dangerous' is a bit difficult to understand. I can only assume it's a road whose physical features provide the opportunity for some drivers to drive recklessly, in which case the element of danger is clearly introduced by the latter, not the road. What these statistics seem to conviently ignore is the number of drivers (a large majority I should imagine) who manage to negotiate these 'dangerous' roads quite safely.

Blakes Lane new Malden may be -we have those RBK traffic calmers wich Our cars have to 'wear down'over several years so that we do not get damage to our cars.Last week i just went over one(as usual) and the Glass on a Dashboard Dial cracked.MB say its Plastic/Glazier says its Glass- whatever I have to pay-can you imagne asking RBK to 'compensate'(It seems to be a bigger job than I think..

LOOOL! Go To Pakistan and you will find out what dangerous is! No Traffic Lights, No RULES ON THE ROAD WHATSOEVER!

The A 537 cat and Fiddle Pass has had forward facing speed cameras on it for couple of years now enforcing a reduced speed limit of 50mph. I believe that this shows that speed alone is not the most significant factor in these Killed & Seriously Injured figures. I understand that the police record any incident where an ambulance has been called as a KSI incident, no matter how minor. Any fatality is one too many. I have also heard that the police reports ask if speed was a factor in the accident, NOT IF EXCESSIVE SPEED WAS A FACTOR. For these reasons I do not believe that the published figures are reliable! If you look at the Stats for any given piece of raod on the police website you will find most id the figures sre "Adjusted" what ever that means!!!

I agree Simon. I live in Northern Scotland and have lived in North Wales. The roads in England are far superior than anywhere else in the UK. It's the driving that is the reason why they are perceived as most dangerous

I find it hard to believe that Wales where I live and Scotland don't have any of the most dangerous roads in the UK. I could show you many here in West Wales.