The most dangerous roads to ride in Britain

Published on 26 April 2018 by Robert Drane

After a Freedom of Information request by classic car and motorcycle insurance broker Carole Nash, the most dangerous roads in Britain have been revealed.

The request unveiled the Department for Transport's figures of all traffic incidents from 2007 to 2016. Following analysis of more than 2,000 British motorways and A-roads, the most dangerous roads for incidents, deaths and number of vehicles involved in a crash were uncovered.

The most dangerous roads

The most notorious for the number of traffic incidents was the A38, which was also found to have the greatest number of vehicles involved in crashes. According to the data, 8,698 incidents took place on this Gloucester road between 2007 and 2016, 360 more than that recorded for any other road in the UK. Accompanying this statistic was the fact that the A38 had 13,153 vehicles in crashes. This is 10% more than any other road.

In terms of motorways, the M25 had the highest number of incidents, with 7,673 being reported in the research. However, the M1 saw the greatest number of vehicles in crashes (13,121).

In terms of the number of fatalities, it appears that the A1 has a far higher danger rating. The A1, which is the longest numbered road in Britain, reportedly had 172 recorded deaths from 2007 to 2016. The next highest figure on A-roads was found on the A6, which saw 152 people sadly lose their lives.

The death toll on the A1 even dwarfs that of any of Britain's motorways. The figures for the M6 come closest, with 160 deaths. These deaths came despite this road having 331 fewer incidents than the M25 and 275 fewer than the M1.

Safety precautions

By contrast, the safest road of them all was found to be the M49, which runs through Bristol and Gloucestershire. Over the period from 2007 until 2016, there were just 11 incidents recorded - and no deaths.

Although these statistics may be alarming, there is some positive news. Analysis of the records showed that the number of reported incidents has largely dropped year-on-year. Across the whole period, there were 25% fewer crashes on major roads in 2016 compared to 2007, and there was no loss of life on 35% of the roads examined.

Provided road users remain vigilant and safety precautions are adhered to, it is hoped that these figures will drop further over the next 10 years.