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Britain's Most Dangerous Road Revealed As A537
Britain's 10 most dangerous roads have been revealed - with the A537 in Cheshire and Derbyshire at the top of the list.
A study by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) found that while the number of deaths and serious crashes on Britain's roads has fallen in recent years, the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield has become more dangerous.
Between 2007 and 2011, there were 44 serious or fatal crashes on the seven-mile (12km) stretch of road. Between 2002 and 2006, there were 35.
Several of the other most dangerous roads are in and around the Peak District. All of the roads, which are regarded as the most persistently dangerous over a nine-year period, are in England.
Using data from the EU, researchers have been able to build up a map showing the risk of travelling on every major road in Britain outside of towns and cities.
The most dangerous region in Britain for A-road travel is the East Midlands, while the safest is the West Midlands.
The map shows that while the majority of motorways are "green", meaning they are of low risk, the vast majority of Britain's rural A-Roads are yellow, meaning they are of low-medium risk.
RSF director Dr Steve Lawson said the report pointed out exactly where more effort was needed to reduce deaths and serious injury from road accidents.
He said: "Most recent improvement in road safety has come from car design and safer driving.
"The specification that authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general.
"That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control - such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels - with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts."
He went on: "Road managers need not only money, but the tools and goals to measure and manage infrastructure safety. Many proposals in the Government's Action for Roads are sound, but there is need now to focus on improving infrastructure safety itself in a measurable way."
The RSF said A-roads throughout Britain were, on the whole, seven times more dangerous than motorways.
Between the two time periods, the number of deadly and serious crashes fell by 26% on motorways and dual carriageways and by 18% on single carriageways.