The Government has said that 17 of the highest-risk roads in England will receive an additional investment of £38.3 million to help improve their safety. 

A news release from the Department for Transport (DfT) said that this latest funding injection “comes on top of” a previously invested £147.5 million aimed at bringing about “life-saving improvements” on 82 of England’s high-risk roads. 

An ‘up to 30%’ reduction in fatalities and serious injuries promised 

The Government stated that its funding would lead to “significant reductions” in serious and fatal injuries over two decades, amounting to as much as 30.8% lower on some roads. 

Enhancements to the targeted roads are expected to include new junctions and roundabouts, improved signage and road markings, new road surfacing and landscape management, and improved pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes. 

According to the DfT, it is anticipated that some 385 lives will be saved over the next 20 years as a consequence of the latest funding round. The department added that the money would also go towards lowering congestion, shortening journey times, and reducing emissions. 

“We are always looking at ways to help keep… road users safe” 

Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper, commented that “Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world, but we are always looking at ways to help keep drivers and all road users safe.” 

The Member of Parliament for Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire said that the additional £38 million in funding would give local councils in England “the support they need to keep everyone safe while reducing congestion and helping to grow the economy.” 

The 17 roads receiving money from the latest round of the Safer Roads Fund are: 

  • The A579 (Bolton Council) 
  • The A676 (Bolton Council) 
  • The A432 (Bristol Council) 
  • The A361 (Devon County Council) 
  • The A690 (Durham County Council) 
  • The A19 (Doncaster City Council)
  • The A19 (North Yorkshire County Council) 
  • The A113 (Essex County Council) 
  • The A6 (Lancashire County Council)
  • The A6 (North Northamptonshire County Council) 
  • The A60 (Nottingham City Council) 
  • The A6200 (Nottingham City Council) 
  • The A420 (Oxfordshire County Council) 
  • The A5191 (Shropshire Council) 
  • The A2101 (East Sussex County Council) 
  • The A583 (Lancashire County Council) 
  • The A41 (Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council) 

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