A report on high risk roads which names the A4300 through Kettering as one of Britain’s most dangerous roads, is relying on out-of-date statistics, claims Northants County Council. The Road Safety Foundation’s high risk roads report claims that the road is the most dangerous in the East Midlands, yet it uses figures that pre-date the construction of the Geddington bypass. In recent years, numerous improvements to road safety have been made by the council, which has resulted in decreased collision rates.
The Kettering A4300 is also listed in the top 10 most dangerous roads in the UK, after 25 crashes took place in the two year period covered by the report. In contrast, the most dangerous road in the UK, located in West Sussex, saw 39 crashes over the same two year period.
A spokesman for the authority said, “The report has highlighted the A4300 as a ‘high risk’ route which, according to the data, experienced a significant number of collisions involving death and serious injury over the study period up to the end of 2012. However, the report is nearly two years out of date and does not now reflect the much improved collision history of three serious injuries recorded since the end of 2012. These were random in nature with no particular trend, pattern or common location that would enable our panel of experts from different organisations to identify any meaningful intervention.”
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