M-ways see 3.9 casualties per mile

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Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Motorway casualty rates are at their highest in south-east England, according to official figures.

Covering deaths and serious injuries, the figures showed that there were just under 3.9 casualties per mile on Britain’s 2,262-mile long motorway network in 2013.

But for south-east England motorways the casualty rate was as high as 6.03 per mile, while the rate in London was just over 5.62.

In contrast, Scotland’s motorways appeared the safest, with a casualty rate of only just over 1.60 per mile. The next-safest motorway stretches were in south-west England where the rate was just over 2.48 per mile.

From the Department for Transport, the figures were highlighted today by insurance company swiftcover.com.

In total there were 8,732 deaths or serious injuries on Britain’s motorways in 2013. This was a reduction on the 2012 total of 9,136.

Swiftcover.com product manager Roman Bryl said: ” In 2013, motorways carried 20% of all British motor traffic , and it is reassuring that they are statistically the safest road type.

“However, this research shows that blackspots still exist and it’s imperative that drivers should not be complacent, even when driving on familiar routes.”

These are the area-by-area figures for motorway casualties (those killed or seriously injured) in 2013 with figures for length in miles, number of casualties and casualty rate per mile:

Great Britain: 2,262 miles; 8,732 casualties; 3.86 casualties per mile.

South-east England: 407; 2,453; 6.03.

London: 37; 210; 5.62.

East of England: 166; 891; 5.37.

North-west England: 402; 1,548; 3.85.

East Midlands: 121; 456; 3.76.

West Midlands: 267; 961; 3.59.

Yorkshire and the Humber: 252, 853, 3.39.

Wales: 88; 290; 3.30.

North-east England: 36; 110; 3.05.

South-west England: 203; 504; 2.48.

Scotland: 284; 456; 1.61.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “Safety is a top priority for the Highways Agency and our motorways are among the safest roads in the world.

“We are working hard to improve safety and are on course to reduce casualties on our networks by 40% by 2020.

“We are delivering a record number of improvements on our network – all of them designed taking safety into account – and are working together with the emergency services and other agencies to find innovative ways to tackle road safety issues.”

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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