£200m spend needed for 'high risk' roads

The Road Safety Foundation has urged the government to immediately spend £200 million to tackle its most ‘high risk roads’.

Every year, the charity identifies ‘persistently higher risk’ roads across the UK which average at least one fatal or serious crash per mile along their length in the three-year survey period and have shown no improvement between 2010-12 and 2013-15.

For example, the A537 from Macclesfield to Buxton, nicknamed locally the Cat and Fiddle, has been the most hazardous UK road six times out of the last 10 years. The Road Safety Foundation said the rate of death and serious injuries ‘remains unacceptable’ along the seven-mile stretch of road.

Conversely, the most improved road in the survey is a stretch of the A4151 in Gloucestershire where road crashes were reduced by nearly 90 per cent through simple attention to road engineering detail – signing, road markings, safe pedestrian crossings and the right speed limits in the right place.

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