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britain's most dangerous roads revealed

Of general, rather than trade-specific, interest is an analysis of more than2000 British motorways and A-roads which has revealed that while Gloucester’s A38 is home to the most accidents, more road users have lost their lives on the A1 than anywhere else in the country. 

The data, obtained by leading motorcycle and classic car insurance broker Carole Nash following a Freedom of Information request to the Department for Transport, looked at all reported road incidents on UK roads between 2007-2016. It found there were 8,698 accidents on the A38 – 360 more than any other road in Britain.

Known as the Devon Expressway, the A38 also had the greatest number of vehicles involved in crashes – the 13,153 vehicles recorded is 10% higher than any other A-road.

However, the severity of the incidents was greater on the A1, the longest numbered road in the UK, with 172 people losing their lives over the past decade, compared to 152 deaths on the A6 and 142 on the A40.

 

Most accidents per A-road between 2007-2016:

A-road

Number of accidents

Number of vehicles involved

Number of deaths

A38

8698

13153

137

A6

8338

11938

152

A4

7953

9882

80

A1

7848

10821

172

A40

6887

9214

142

 

The M25 was the most accident-prone motorway with 7,673 individual cases, but more vehicles were involved in crashes on the M1.

The M6 though has claimed the most lives of any motorway. 160 deaths were reported on the highway which covers large parts of the Midlands and North West of England. This is despite racking up 331 fewer accidents than the M25 and 275 fewer than the M1.

 

Most accidents per motorway between 2007-2016:

Motorway

Number of accidents

Number of vehicles involved

Number of deaths

M25

7673

13046

80

M1

7617

13121

154

M6

7342

12491

160

M4

5698

10583

123

M5

3185

5765

91

 

However, it’s not an entirely negative picture with the findings revealing that the number of reported accidents has largely decreased year-on-year, with 25% fewer crashes registered on major roads in 2016 than 2007.

In addition, no-one had died in an accident on 35% of the roads analysed, including eight of the 51 motorways.

The safest motorway was found to be the M49. Covering the Bristol and Gloucestershire area, the road has seen just 11 accidents over the 10-year period, none of which resulted in a death.

 

Least accidents per motorway between 2007-2016:

Motorway

Number of accidents

Number of vehicles involved

Number of deaths

M49

11

9

0

M10

14

22

0

M45

16

15

1

M898

17

21

0

M181

28

36

0

 

Carole Nash have also launched a road safety hub on their website, which it hopes will give road users the guidance they need to keep safe on Britain’s roads.

Rebecca Donohue, Head of Marketing at Carole Nash, said: “Safety is naturally paramount to every road user, so we hope this data and the road safety hub on our website will help provide our customers with as much information as possible to keep them safe.

“It is very positive, though, to note that the number of accidents is steadily decreasing year-on-year, which is testament to road users and those who enforce the safety precautions on our highways.”

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