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M5: Accidents

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the accident rate is on the stretch of the M5 motorway between each of the junctions from 8 to 11A; what the average accident rate is on each motorway in England; and if he will make a statement. (125679)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: Actual figures for individual stretches of motorway are not normally available. However, the accident rate on the M5 motorway, between each of the junctions from 8 to 11 a, averaged over the period 2003-05, is as follows:

Junction

Accident rate (accidents per 108 vehicle km1)

J8-9

8.8

J9-10

5.2

J10-11

8.3

J11-11a

8.1

J8-11a

7.2

1100 million vehicle kilometres

The accident rate for each motorway in England, averaged over the period 2003-05, for which figures are available, is as follows:

Motorway

accidents per 108 vehicle km1)

1

11.4

2

10.9

3

8.3

4

8.8

5

6.7

6

9.5

10

11.7

11

8.5

18

6.0

20

10.3

23

9.6

25

13.9

26

7.3

27

9.6

40

6.5

42

5.8

45

0.6

48

3.6

49

6.1

50

4.8

53

10.3

54

5.6

55

8.3

56

6.9

57

11.0

58

6.1

60

9.3

61

10.5

62

9.5

65

10.7

66

7.8

67

10.8

69

8.8

180

7.8

181

13.3

271

39.8

602

17.0

606

18.6

621

11.8

These figures have been obtained exceptionally but should not necessarily be used for comparison purposes as each motorway differs in length and usage.