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£50m to improve safety of UK roads

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£47.5 million invested to improve the country’s most high-risk roads. 

Car on a road with road markings.
Credit: Kelly, Pexels.

27 new schemes will be delivered through the third round of the Safer Roads Fund, with a focus on: 

  • Re-designing junctions
  • Improving signing and road markings

The programme is expected to reduce the risk of collisions, thus reducing congestion, journey times, and emissions. 

Allocation of funds to each scheme was decided based on data independently collected by the Road Safety Foundation looking at fatal and serious injuries sustained alongside traffic levels. 

Impact 

According to estimates provided by the Road Safety Foundation, the funding for these schemes should prevent around 760 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years, with a societal benefit of £420 million. 

By factoring whole life costs, the benefit cost ratio of the investment is projected to be 7.4, meaning for every £1, £7.40 will add to social benefit. 

Full Scope

The Safer Roads Fund has already invested £100 million to improve 50 high-risk roads in England, most of which are rural roads. 

With a push for enhanced road safety engineering interventions, the programme looks to prevent around 1,450 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.

The government also plans to establish a Road Safety Investigation Branch and recruit a specialised team of inspectors to help better mitigate collisions. 

“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, said transport secretary Mark Harper

The 27 schemes that will receive funding include: 

Road Local authority Funding
A586 Blackpool Council £1,100,000
A35 Bournemouth Borough Council £1,890,625
A2010 Brighton and Hove City Council £600,000
A52 Derby City £475,000
A104 Essex County Council £1,360,000
A35 Hampshire County Council £6,040,000
A5183 Hertfordshire County Council £1,800,000
A165 Hull City Council £2,990,625
A3056 Isle of Wight Council £2,140,000
A5105 Lancashire County Council £920,000
A5038 Liverpool City Council £859,375
A186 Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council £3,650,000
A6130 Nottingham City Council £950,000
A609 Nottingham City Council £475,000
A4158 Oxfordshire County Council £800,000
A4165 Oxfordshire County Council £875,000
A2047 Portsmouth City Council £1,300,000
A6022 Rotherham Metro. Borough Council £750,000
A6042 Salford City Council £743,750
A4030 Sandwell Metro. Borough Council £750,000
A625 Sheffield City Council £1,425,000
A3025 Southampton City Council £875,000
A13 Southend-on-Sea Council £3,425,000
A1156 Suffolk County Council £1,275,000
A25 Surrey County Council £1,800,000
A439 Warwickshire County Council £1,320,000
A3102 Wiltshire Council £6,980,000

Total: £47,569,375

The Department for Transport was approached for comment. 

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