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British EuroRAP 2014 Results: How Safe Are You On Britain’s Roads?

The majority of British road deaths are concentrated on just 10% of the British road network, motorways and 'A' roads outside major urban areas. This report measures and maps the differing risk of death and serious injury road users face across this network, sometimes 20 times or more different.

 

The report tracks which roads have improved, and those with persistent and unacceptable high risks. It highlights roads where authorities have taken effective action. On 15 stretches of roads, low cost action has reduced serious crashes by 80% worth a staggering £0.4bn to the economy.

 

The report shows major differences not only between individual roads but between whole regions. The risks road users face overall on the major roads of the East Midlands are a startling two thirds higher than neighbouring West Midlands - greater than between many European countries.

 

Risk on the roads depends on the way we drive, the vehicles we drive and the roads we drive on. But, with similar vehicles and drivers, it is the in-built safety of the roads in the West Midlands that explains its better performance - more travel is done on safer roads. The motorways and single carriageways of the West Midlands have the greatest in-built safety of any region.

 

It is often neither difficult nor expensive to raise infrastructure safety. It brings high returns to the economy. It requires systematic measurement of risk. The in-built safety of the infrastructure of roads, like cars, is now measured worldwide.

 

We should not be driving 5-star cars on major roads which have only a 1- and 2-star safety rating.

 

Like other leading nations, Britain must set an explicit minimum 3-star rating for infrastructure safety for major roads. Nowhere is this more urgent than on the nation's Strategic Roads where the government is legislating to pass safety responsibilities to a new Corporation.

 

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ANWB - Netherlands

Dutch Provincial roads comprise only 6% of the country's road network but account for a quarter of all deaths. For more on this story please click here

 

KTI - Hungary


Road sections of almost 3000 km in Hungary are being Risk Rated within the framework of the SENSOR (South East Neighbourhood Safe Routes) project financed by the European Union.

 

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ACI - ITALY


In 2012, in Italy occurred a total of 186,726 accidents, which caused 3,653 deaths and 264,716 injuries. The number of accidents, injuries and deaths has continued the downward trend, decreasing respectively by 9.2%, 9.3% and 5.4 in comparison with 2011. For more on this story please click here

 

FRIL, PZM - POLAND


New Risk Mapping on national roads in Poland 2010-2012 For the sixth time, in the framework of EuroRAP, scientists from the Gdansk University of Technology, together with experts from the Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Association and the Foundation for Civil Engineering Development, developed a risk map for national roads in Poland.

 

AMSM FYR - MACEDONIA

 

The Sensor project in the FYR Macedonia officially started on 09.01.2014 the survey has covered 500 kilometers of the Trans European network during 4 days of road inspection surveys.

 

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RACC & RACE - SPAIN

 

RACC have recently published their annual Risk Mapping results, for the Spanish and Catalonian Networks.

 

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