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Nearly £50 million for safer roads fund across England

Road safety improvements will be made to 27 of the most high-risk roads in England, Department for Transport confirms safer roads fund.
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  • £47.5 million government investment to improve safety of 27 of the country’s most dangerous roads
  • from the Isle of Wight to Newcastle, road users across England will benefit from road safety improvements with 50% funding uplift
  • investment will prevent over 750 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years, with £420 million benefit to society

Drivers, passengers and cyclists across England will benefit from a £47.5 million injection into enhancing the safety of some of the most high-risk roads in England, the Department for Transport confirmed 6 April 2023.

Through the third round of the Safer Roads Fund, 27 new schemes will be delivered, benefiting road users around the country by driving forward safety improvements such as:

  • re-designing junctions
  • improving signage and road markings

The programme will reduce the risk of collisions which will in turn reduce congestion, journey times and emissions.

As part of the fund, government is continuing to deliver a wide range of improvements across all roads, while working with local authorities and safety groups.

To date, £100 million has been provided through the programme to improve the 50 most dangerous roads in England, the majority of which are rural roads.

Some of the improvements already made include improved signage, safer pedestrian crossings and better designed junctions.

Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world, but we are always looking at ways to help keep drivers and all road users safe.

We’re injecting £47.5 million so that local councils around the country have the support they need to keep everyone safe, while reducing congestion and emissions and supporting local economies.

Transport Secretary, Mark Harper

The allocation of £47.5 million to 27 different schemes has been based on data independently surveyed and provided by the Road Safety Foundation. The data analysed is based on a road safety risk, looking at data on those killed and seriously injured alongside traffic levels.

The previous rounds of the Safer Roads Fund programme focused on treating the 50 highest-risk local ‘A road’ sections in England with enhanced road safety engineering interventions. The scheme is set to prevent around 1,450 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.

According to Road Safety Foundation analysis, early estimates suggest that the £47.5 million investment should prevent around 760 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years, with a benefit to society of £420 million.

Once the whole life costs are factored in for the schemes, the overall benefit cost ratio of the investment is estimated at 7.4, meaning for every £1 invested the societal benefit would be £7.40.

The commitment and funding announced today is transformational for road safety teams in local authorities across the country. It will allow them to proactively reduce risk and make these 27 roads safer and more inviting for all road users.

Systematic changes have already had a big impact on road death and serious injury, for example seatbelts and airbags protect lives when crashes happen. In the same way we can design roads safely so when crashes occur, people can walk away. This can be done by clearing or protecting roadsides, putting in cross hatchings to add space between vehicles which provides safer junctions like roundabouts, or adding signalisation and / or turning pockets, and including facilities for walking and cycling.

Dr Suzy Charman, Executive Director of the Road Safety Foundation

This additional investment builds on the government’s plans to recruit a specialised team of inspectors to build the country’s first ever Road Safety Investigation Branch. The team will look at how and why incidents happen and build an enhanced understanding of how we can better mitigate collisions.

It also follows the actions government has already taken to improve road safety, including:

  • banning any use of handheld mobile phones behind the wheel
  • updating the Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, which places road users most at risk in the event of a collision at the top of the hierarchy

The 27 schemes receiving funding from the Safer Roads Fund 3 are:

RoadLocal authorityFunding
A586Blackpool Council£1,100,000
A35Bournemouth Borough Council£1,890,625
A2010Brighton and Hove City Council£600,000
A52Derby City£475,000
A104Essex County Council£1,360,000
A35Hampshire County Council£6,040,000
A5183Hertfordshire County Council£1,800,000
A165Hull City Council£2,990,625
A3056Isle of Wight Council£2,140,000
A5105Lancashire County Council£920,000
A5038Liverpool City Council£859,375
A186Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council£3,650,000
A6130Nottingham City Council£950,000
A609Nottingham City Council£475,000
A4158Oxfordshire County Council£800,000
A4165Oxfordshire County Council£875,000
A2047Portsmouth City Council£1,300,000
A6022Rotherham Metro. Borough Council£750,000
A6042Salford City Council£743,750
A4030Sandwell Metro. Borough Council£750,000
A625Sheffield City Council£1,425,000
A3025Southampton City Council£875,000
A13Southend-on-Sea Council£3,425,000
A1156Suffolk County Council£1,275,000
A25Surrey County Council£1,800,000
A439Warwickshire County Council£1,320,000
A3102Wiltshire Council£6,980,000

Total: £47,569,375

Source: GOV.UK

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