Revealed: Britain’s most dangerous roads

Image Caption The M6 is one of Britain’s most dangerous roads

The most dangerous roads in Britain have been revealed in a survey, with some surprising results.

The M6 and the A8(M) are the most dangerous stretches of road, according to the research undertaken by UK Carline.

These two roads are the longest and shortest motorways in the UK and yet both saw the same amount of crashes in 2017 – with 227 serious accidents occurring on each.

Britain’s most dangerous roads

Location Road Number of accidents
Cheshire/Warwicks M6 227
Scotland (Glasgow) A8(M) 227
Devon A30 213
Dorset A35 173
Warwickshire A46 123
Staffordshire A34 112
Greater Manchester Manchester Road 100
West Mercia A49 106
Cheshire A49 92
Northampton M1 58

The M6 stretches 232 miles from Leicestershire to the Scottish borders and is one of the most important routes on the UK road network.

The A8(M) on the other hand, is the shortest motorway in the UK, measuring just 280 metres as it connects the A8 with the M8 in the eastern outskirts of Glasgow.

Despite the differences in length, both roads recorded around five accidents a week, more than any other road in Britain.

The surprisingly high figure for the A8(M) will likely cause concerns for police and road safety chiefs.

The next most dangerous roads in Britain last year were found to be the A30 in Devon, with 213 accidents, and the A35 in Dorset, which saw 173 accidents.

Top 10 worst areas for car accidents

Location Total number of accidents
Scotland 6,253
Greater Manchester 1,775
Devon 1,707
West Mercia 1,496
South Yorkshire 1,211
Cheshire 1,145
Staffordshire 1,120
Warwickshire 1,077
Humberside 792
Norfolk 669

The research also revealed which area of Britain had the most dangerous roads when it came to car accidents last year.

Scotland on the whole saw the highest number of incidents among the 27 police forces which responded to the FOI request with a total of 6,253 crashes being recorded by Police Scotland.

This was followed by Greater Manchester (1,775) and Devon (1,707).

The region with the least amount of accidents last year was Norfolk, where roads saw 669 crashes throughout the year.

‘Eye-opening statistics’

The figures were revealed after a series of Freedom of Information requests were made to 39 UK police forces.

Jonathan Nolan, General Manager at UK Carline, hoped the research would help make these roads safer in the future.

He said: “Our research certainly produced some eye-opening statistics regarding the safety of UK roads. Although the government and councils regularly enforce new driving laws and take steps to help people drive safely, we must take more care whilst driving and ensure our vehicles have adequate safety features.

“We hope our research has brought to light the dangers of driving on these particular roads and encourage people to be more aware of their surroundings to protect their safety.”

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1 Comment

  1. Saz says:

    Accidents on the A8(M) are not related to dangerous driving. The road does not have any signs of lane, there is no early road sign that can suggest which lane you would take from the roundabout. If you are a newcomer in that area, you would be dazzled for lack of road signs. If you drive in a lane and intend to go straight, after a while you will notice that lane is for left turn and you will not have enough time or opportunity to turn right. In that case, you can collide with right lane’s car. If there would be an early road sign, the drivers would know which lane to take for their routes. This is the problem of whole Scotland.

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