Britain's most dangerous roads revealed: Check the interactive map to find out how many crashes have taken place on your route home
- The A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton - known as the Cat and Fiddle - in the Peak District is the most high-risk road in Britain since 2010
- ?33 fatal or serious collisions between between 2010 and 2015 on the 12km stretch of road
- Next worst roads are the A254 between Margate and Ramsgate and?A259 from between East Sussex and Hastings
The most dangerous road in Britain has been revealed as the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton - known as the Cat and Fiddle - in the Peak District.
There were 12 fatal or serious collisions on that 11.6 kilometre stretch of road between 2013 and 2015 alone, with more than half involving motorbikes.?
The risk level of roads across the UK was calculated by considering the number of accidents, taking into consideration the length of the roads and the volume of traffic.?
Roads were then given a risk rating, in the analysis compiled by the Road Safety Foundation and insurer Ageas (see table).
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The number of people killed on Britain’s roads increased by 4 per cent from 1,730 in 2015 to 1,792 in 2016
The next worst road is the A254 from the junction with the A28 in Margate to the junction with the A255 near Ramsgate, which had 23 collisions between 2010 and 2015.?
And following just behind is the the A259 from the junction with the A2036 at Glyne Gap in East Sussex to just outside Ore in Hastings, where 52 collisions occurred. While the number of collisions was considerably higher than on the Cat and Fiddle, the risk ratings were both lower due to the higher volume of traffic.
All of these roads have an average of at least one fatal or serious crash per mile along their length across two three-year survey periods - between 2010 and 2012 and 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Beware the Cat and Fiddle: the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton in the Peak District is Britain's most dangerous road
However, the Cat and Fiddle - listed in the persistently higher risk list six times in the past ten years - had around ten fatal and serious crashes on average every year at its peak in around 2006 to 2009.
The research has found that the South East of England has now overtaken the North and the Midlands for having the most persistently high-risk roads, with the region now home to six of the ten most dangerous carriageways.
|Road ||Section ||Region ||Length |
|Fatal & Serious |
|Risk rating |
|A537||From Macclesfield to Buxton||North West||11.6||23||203.5|
|A254||From junction with A28 in Margate?to junction with A255 near Ramsgate||South East||6||23||203.2|
|A259||From junction with A2036 at Glyne Gap to just outside Ore||South East||10.7||52||197.2|
|A588||From Lancaster to junction with A585 outside Poulton-le-Fylde||North West||29.1||49||184|
|A6||From junction with A589 in Lancaster to M6 junction 33||North West||9.1||51||158.3|
|A32||From M27 J10 to Delme Roundabout; Quay St roundabout to the Gosport ferry terminal||South East||11.1||66||145.9|
|A3055||From junction with A3054 in Freshwater to junction with A3054 in Ryde||South East||49||67||133.5|
|A21||From junction with A2100 to junction with A259 at Hastings||South East||6.1||29||129|
|Source: Road Safety Foundation/Ageas. *Risk rating based on the number of fatal and serious crashes per billion vehicle km travelled?||?||?|
The number of people killed on Britain’s roads increased by four per cent from 1,730 in 2015 to 1,792 in 2016, the highest annual total since 2011, according to the analysis.?
On average, 71 people are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads every day, with?51 per cent of fatal casualties occurring on non-built-up roads and?5 per cent on motorways.?
If you're worried about the safety of the roads you frequently drive on, analysis of Department for Transport collision data has been used by Co-op Insurance to build a new interactive map revealing crash hotspots.
It allows drivers to view the locations of car collisions across England, Scotland and Wales last year 'so that they can best plan their driving routes', according to Co-op Insurance.
You can try it out by entering your details into the map below.?
The map enables drivers to determine the expected duration of the journey they input as well as the crash data,?which colour-codes their selected route from yellow to orange to red based on the number of collisions reported to police forces across the past 12 months.
Unsurprisingly, the capital's snarled up roads encountered the most crashes of any region in 2016, with 25,157 incidents, according to Department for Transport data. ???
Hazard hotspot: The streets of London had more crashes in 2016 than any other English, Scottish or Welsh region
The rest of the South East experienced 22,179 crashes, with the East of England making up the last of worst three regions for collisions, with 13,497 incidents.?
Here's a complete list of the worst 10 regions for collisions last year.
|Region||No of incidents reported|
|East of England||13,497|
|Yorkshire and Humber||12,454|
|Source: Co-op Insurance?|
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