High-friction surfaces and maintaining white lines and road safety markings are key to improving road safety as highlighted in this year’s Road Safety Foundation Tracking Survey of Britain’s roads.
The survey shows that for nine out of the UK’s ten most improved roads lining, signing and safety surfaces reaped huge safety and economic rewards.
Simple attention to safety engineering detail has resulted in major cuts in road deaths and serious injuries.
Fatal and serious injury crashes on just 10 stretches of treated road fell by two thirds from 541 to 209 (2001/05 to 2006/10) – a boost to the economy worth £35m every year.
George Lee director of the Road Safety Markings Association and the Road Safety Surfacing Association said: “Time and time again research shows that simple, low-cost measures such as road safety markings and wisely positioned high-friction surfaces are the most effective ways of improving the safety of Britain’s roads.
“It is interesting that typically, the “most dangerous” and “most persistently high risk” roads – narrow, twisting, hilly – are in the rural areas of the north.
“Safety on these roads could be greatly enhanced with improved central white lines and edge lines to guide road users.
“It is clear that simple measures save lives, and at a time when budgets have never been more stretched, it is crucial that highways engineers and those maintaining our roads remember that.”
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Road Safety Foundation Director Dr Joanne Marden at the report launch
Emma Murden and Amanda Mays from Cambridgeshire Highways receive the Best Road in Britain award from Road Safety Foundation chairman Lord Dubs