Roads: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st December 2016.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Labour, Copeland

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal accidents there have been on each A road in 2016.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The table below gives the top 20 A roads with the highest number of fatal accidents in Great Britain for 2015. The fatal accident rate per 100 miles of route length has also been provided as this allows the length of road to be taken into account when comparing the safety performance of the roads.

Given the relatively small number of accidents on each road, the total number of fatal accidents could vary significantly between years. Accident numbers will vary between roads based on a number of factors, including: traffic volume and different types of vehicle, as well as the characteristic of the road itself.

Top 20 A roads with the highest number of fatal accidents in 2015, Great Britain.

A road number 1

No. of fatal accidents

Fatal accident rate per 100 miles of route length 2

A5

17

6.42

A1

14

4.37

A6

13

4.56

A40

12

4.24

A303

11

10.0

A46

9

4.23

A4

9

6.33

A30

9

3.03

A41

9

5.21

A49

9

6.15

A15

8

7.90

A45

8

9.55

A35

8

7.60

A47

8

4.53

A259

8

6.19

A38

8

2.44

A34

7

4.05

A90

7

4.47

A631

7

10.9

A66

7

5.73

1 excludes A(M) sections of road

2 Route length includes slip roads and covers the length of the road rather than length of individual carriageways.

The attached document (Appendix 1) provides the number of fatal accidents and fatal accident rates per 100 miles of route for each of the A roads where a fatal accident was recorded in 2015.

Data for 2016 is currently unavailable. The statistics will be available after publication in June 2017.

Appendix 1 (Word Document, 43.63 KB)

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