Improving Britain’s worst roads could save up to £18bn annually on the cost of emergency services, hospitals and long term care for the disabled, the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) said this week.
“By targeting a relatively small mileage of high risk roads, we can do so with good economic returns,” said RSF director Joanne Hill.
“Too often we pay for emergency services, hospitals and care for the disabled rather than taking steps to put road design faults right.”
The RSF has worked out where investment should be focused and highlights Britain’s most dangerous roads in its annual road tracking survey.
Road crashes are Britain’s largest cause of premature death and the survey identifies specific roads that are 10 times more prone to causing death and serious injury than others on the UK network. The A573 Macclesfield to Buxton is the UK’s most persistently dangerous road according to the RSF.