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Call for £1.2 billion investment to prevent road deaths and injuries

Words: Huw Morris

Investing £1.2 billion in road safety would prevent more than 8,000 fatal and serious injuries in the next 20 years.

The funding would boost the UK’s economic recovery and help to protect the NHS by saving society almost £4.4 billion over that timescale, according to the Road Safety Foundation and Ageas.

The claim follows their analysis of the performance of the UK’s motorways and A-roads.
Fatal and serious crash rates fell by more than half – from 37 per billion vehicle-kilometres between 1997 and 1999 to 16 between 2016 and 2018.

But other countries including Norway, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden made faster progress than the UK in that time.

More than 10,000 crashes that result in people being seriously or fatally injured take place on the UK’s motorways and A-roads every year, indicates the research.

A total of 60 per cent of all deaths are concentrated on 13 per cent of the nation’s roads, with 765km on 38 persistently higher-risk rural routes seeing more than 1,400 fatal and serious crashes between 2013 and 2018. Preventing these deaths would save society almost £700 million, the analysis contends.

However, significant reductions in the number of fatal and serious crashes were recorded on 22 routes between 2013-2015 and 2016-2018. The number of fatal and serious crashes on these 400km of road fell from 251 to 86.

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