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Roads: Motorways and A Roads

Volume 712: debated on Friday 10 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety of Britain's motorways and A roads. [HL4783]

In 2008, one person was killed or seriously injured on Britain's motorways per 100 million motor vehicle kilometres travelled. By comparison, 6.1 people were killed or seriously injured on our A roads per 100 million motor vehicle kilometres. The equivalent figure for roads of other types is 7.5.

In developing our new road safety strategy for the period from 2010, we have provided funding to the Road Safety Foundation, which has made an assessment of the risk of serious and fatal collisions on our motorways and A roads per kilometre travelled. This approach helps to identify individual stretches of roads which are of relatively high risk and so focus the attention of highway authorities and police on those routes which most need their attention. This information can be found at

We propose, under the new strategy, to continue to provide support for the foundation to identify the riskiest routes in this way.