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Transforming the most dangerous roads in the UK with Safer Roads Funding

The safer roads fund was established in 2016 to target the 50 most dangerous ‘A’ roads in England. These roads are identified annually by the Road Safety Foundation. Local authorities responsible for an identified road are then able to apply for the funds needed to improve safety on these roads.

Earlier this month the Government announced which councils had been successful in their bids for safer roads funding in the 2017-2018 allocation. £100 million was made available in this allocation and was sufficient to fully fund all the successful bids.

Targeting the most dangerous parts of the network in this way is expected to both save lives and provide an effective return on investment. The Road Safety Foundation’s 2017 report: Cutting the Cost of Dangerous Roads identified the most improved roads as well as the most dangerous. The A4151 in Gloucestershire was identified as the most improved road where crashes were reduced by nearly 90% through measures such as signing, road markings, pedestrian crossings and adjustments to speed limits.

We’ve seen many times over the difference that simple measures such as improved road markings can make to road safety. Our SolarLite Active Road Studs previously helped the A4128 to be recognised as the most improved UK road two years in a row by the Road Safety Foundation.

The same SolarLite studs have recently been installed A161 in North Lincolnshire. This was identified as one of the 50 most dangerous roads based on 47 collisions on the route between 2012 and 2014. A loss of control at legal speeds was identified as a significant contributory factor in these collisions, which were distributed along the route rather than clustered around accident blackspots. A relatively high incidence of motorcyclist KSI collisions was also established.

Safer Roads Funding was granted in 2017 to address these issues through a combination of measures that included improvements to the road surface, signage and road markings. The road markings improvements included 600 white SolarLite Active Road Studs. These were installed along the centre line of the A161 to allow drivers to see the path of the road ahead much further than with traditional retro-reflective road studs.

Active Road Studs store solar energy during the day and illuminate as darkness falls to provide a view of the road ahead 10x further than that provided by traditional retro-reflective road studs. The extra visibility means drivers have more time to respond to upcoming bends and changes in topography, helping them stay safely on the road.

The infographic below details the benefits of the enhanced delineation provided by Active Road Studs in more detail.

Clearview Intelligence Infographic Enhanced Delineation

Previous installations of SolarLite Active Road Studs have reduced night-time accidents by over 70%. The combined road safety measures on the A161 aim to reduce the number of collisions by 40% in the three years from now.

Tackling the most dangerous roads in this targeted manor will help us to prevent the most collisions. Ultimately, this will help local authorities save the most lives with the limited funding available. It’s therefore vital that those receiving the funding are certain the measures will work.

If you’re applying for funding or evaluating safety measures, get in touch. We’re here to answer any questions you may have on the most appropriate measures for your road safety issues.

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