£100m Scheme to Improve Dangerous Roads

England’s most dangerous A-roads are set to benefit from a scheme which aims to prevent 1450 deaths and injuries by 2038.


The Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund will seek to rehabilitate 436miles of the nation’s roads.

These improvements include:

  • 300 dangerous bends
  • 225 junctions
  • 135 pedestrian crossings


According to the Road Safety Foundation, the improvement work would also save the nation around £550million in emergency services and treatment costs.

There are 11 A-roads that have been specifically targeted, these are:

  1. A588 between Lancaster and Skippool, Lancashire – (151 fewer casualties)
  2. A683 between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire – (114 fewer casualties)
  3. A18 between Laceby and Ludborough, Lincolnshire – (91 fewer casualties)
  4. A529 between Hinstock and Audlem, Shropshire – (68 fewer casualties)
  5. A5012 between Newhaven and Cromford, Derbyshire – (58 fewer casualties)
  6. A684 between Leeming and Sedbergh, North Yorkshire – (55 fewer casualties)
  7. A4 between Junctions 5 and 7 of the M4 in Slough, Berkshire – (54 fewer casualties)
  8. A6 between Lancaster and Junction 33 of the M6, Lancashire – (47 fewer casualties)
  9. A361 between Banbury and Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire – (46 fewer casualties)
  10. A581 between Rufford and Euxton, Lancashire – (43 fewer casualties)
  11. A631 between Market Rasen and Louth, Lincolnshire – (43 fewer casualties)


The focus of the scheme is on instituting preventative measures and making potential accident locations more accessible.

The planned works will encompass:

  • 436 miles of road being targeted overall
  • 300 improved bends
  • 290 miles of improved roadside shoulders
  • 225 improved junctions
  • 150 miles of improved speed limits, enforcement and traffic calming
  • 135 new or improved pedestrian crossings
  • 90 miles of cleared or protected roadsides – e.g. crash barriers
  • 90 miles of improved visibility and signing
  • 80 miles of improved medians (hatching/wide centrelines)
  • 70 miles of improved road surfaces
  • 20 miles of new or improved cycle facilities
  • 10 miles of new or improved footpaths


Additional projects will involve simple measures such as installing rumble strips, improving visibility at junctions and removing trees, poles and lighting columns.

Road Safety Foundation executive director Dr Suzy Charman said:

‘Finding the right funding mechanisms for safety improvements to our road infrastructure is absolutely essential if we are to break the current plateau in the number of people being killed on our roads. The Safer Roads Fund has given us a truly innovative approach to tackling risky roads.’

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