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Call for action over £2.1bn crash costs

PUBLISHED: 06:11 19 September 2015

The Road Safety Foundation has worked out the cost of crashes on England’s 4,300-mile motorway and major A-road network.

The Road Safety Foundation has worked out the cost of crashes on England’s 4,300-mile motorway and major A-road network.

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Crashes on England’s major highways cost £2.1bn over a three-year period.

The same researchers also identified a 10-mile stretch of the A18 in Lincolnshire as the most persistently dangerous out of all the roads in Britain.

The cost of crashes on England’s 4,300-mile motorway and major A-road network between 2011 and 2013 was calculated by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) and based on a number of factors, such as the response from the emergency services, insurance claims and loss of output due to injury.

The RSF concluded that reducing crashes on the strategic road network was “a moral and an economic imperative” for Highways England (HE).

Caroline Moore, author of the report called How much do road crashes cost where you live?, called for a greater focus on improving safety on single-carriageway routes.

She said: “The cost of fatal and serious injury crashes on single A-roads on the HE network is £19 per 1,000 vehicle kilometres travelled, against just £3 per 1,000 vehicle kilometres travelled on its motorways.

“This gives a clear understanding of where Highways England can focus its efforts to make its whole network safer overall, and address its £2.1bn crash costs.”

The report, sponsored by Ageas UK, highlighted a huge disparity in the cost of crashes in non-metropolitan areas to local authorities.

Four areas suffered more than half a billion pounds of economic losses in a three-year period, led by Hampshire at £631m.

It was followed by Kent (£554m), Lancashire (£544m) and Essex (£530m).

Even the authorities with the smallest losses had a significant figure per head of population, with Caerphilly at £211 and Torfaen at £219.

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