Where are the Most Dangerous Roads in the UK?
Sadly, road traffic accidents are an inevitability. As of September 2020, there were almost 39 million licensed vehicles of all types in Great Britain, so it’s unrealistic to expect all drivers and riders to be completely safe at all times.
In fact, provisional data from the Department for Transport (DfT) reveals that for the year ending June 2020, there were 131,220 casualties of all severities in Great Britain, including 1,580 fatalities. Thankfully, both of those figures have shown a significant decrease on the previous year (16% and 14% respectively), which may be partly due to the nationwide lockdown in force for the final three months of that period.
Of course, road accidents can happen at any time and can have serious consequences for those involved. If you’ve suffered an accident where someone else was to blame, you could be eligible to make a claim through a personal injury solicitor, but the number one priority is always to protect ourselves and other road users in the first place. You can help to do that by avoiding some of the UK’s more dangerous roads, but where are they?
Where are the safest and most dangerous areas?
A recent study of DfT data shows that Scotland and Wales are the safest regions in the UK. When measuring road casualties, eight of the top 10 were in Scotland or Wales, with only Hartlepool and Bracknell Forest the exceptions.
In contrast, the south east of England proved the most dangerous region, with Kent (3844 reported casualties between 2015 and 2019) finishing top of that table ahead of Essex (3770) and Hampshire (3561).
Where are the most dangerous roads?
So, those are the most dangerous regions in general, but what about specific roads?
Running for more than 400 miles between London and Edinburgh, the A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK and as a primary route receives more than its fair share of traffic. In based on the number of fatalities recorded over a 10-year period.
Situated in the Lake District, this treacherous mountain pass runs from Ambleside to Patterdale and climbs as high as 1,500 feet at some points. One section of the road is known as ‘The Struggle’ while there are parts where the gradient is as steep as 1 in 4.
It has something of a sinister name and Snake Pass often lives up to its reputation. The route between Sheffield and Manchester has been around for 200 years now and is particularly vulnerable to major disruption due to heavy precipitation and subsidence. Its accident rate remains high, even though road users are often encouraged to find alternative routes.