Lancashire A-road is the worst in the country for casulaties and fatalities
25 June 2007

The A682 in Lancashire has been named Britain’s most dangerous road, in a survey by EuroRAP, the European Road Assessment Programme.In the past decade, there have been almost 100 deaths or serious injuries on a 15-mile stretch of the A682 – a winding country road between junction 13 of the M65 and Long Preston. It is the only road in the highest-risk category of EuroRAP’s 2007 survey.There has been no improvement in the death and injury toll on this section of the A682 since EuroRAP’s last survey in 2006, but there is better news elsewhere. It’s not all about speed cameras, either. "The good news from the survey is that many of Britain's authorities have brought in countermeasures to tackle the higher risk routes in their areas," said Dr Joanne Hill, who heads the Foundation's research. "Most are quick, simple and cheap, involving little more than adopting modern signing, hazard markings and junction layouts." Vehicle-activated signs ahead of hazards are also praised for their contribution to reducing accidents at a third of sites.Surprisingly, given traffic density in the south of the UK, all of the 17 most dangerous roads in the EuroRAP survey are in the Midlands or further north.EuroRAP was founded in 2002 as a sister programme to EuroNCAP, the crash-test assessment programme.

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