Revealed: This is the UK's most dangerous road

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
A new report has named the most dangerous roads in the country (Flickr)

The most dangerous roads in the country have been revealed - and they account for nearly two thirds of fatal crashes.

Despite Britain having some of the safest roads in the world, a study by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) found that 60% of deaths on our roads between 2015 and 2017 happened on just 12.5% of the network.

Topping the list of Britain’s most dangerous road is the A5004 from Buxton to Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire - a 7.5-mile single carriageway A-road that saw 16 serious or fatal crashes between 2012 and 2017.

The A5004 from Buxton to Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire is Britain’s most dangerous road (Geograph)
High-risk roads, highlighted in black, across the south of the country (Road Safety Foundation)

The RSF found that single-carriageway A-roads in rural areas were the most dangerous overall, while fatalities have largely failed to decline since 2010, with 1,793 people killed on Britain’s roads in 2017.

The top 10 highest risk rural roads in the UK are:

  1. A5004

  2. A3055

  3. A645

  4. A909

  5. A57

  6. A683

  7. A290

  8. A272

  9. A3054

  10. A361

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The study found that A-roads maintained by local councils were a staggering four times more dangerous than Highways England and central government-maintained major A-roads and motorways.

Kate Fuller, acting executive director of the Road Safety Foundation, said: “So much of our travel is on these intensely used networks that any flaw in their in-built safety means tragedy sooner rather than later.”

Central England has several high-risk roads (Road Safety Foundation)
The high-risk roads in the north-east of the country (Road Safety Foundation)
Some of Scotland's high-risk roads are highlighted on this map (Road Safety Foundation)
The A3055 between the A3054 near Freshwater and the A3054 in Ryde came second in the list (Wikipedia)
The third most dangerous road in the country is the A645 between the A638 and the A639 (Wikipedia)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has pledged to invest around £1 billion a year from next year to improve safety on local A-roads.

A DfT spokesman said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world. The safety of all road users is our priority, which is why we have invested £100 million in the 50 most dangerous A-roads.”

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