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Multi-million pound boost for safer roads across East of England


ROAD users across Essex, Hertfordshire, Southend-on-Sea, and Suffolk will benefit from a £7.8 million boost to enhance the safety of some of the most high-risk roads in the region, the Department for Transport confirmed today (Thursday 6 April).

The four road schemes benefitting from this latest injection of funding across the East of England include:

  • A104 Between the A121 near Waltham Abbey and the A121 near Woodford
  • A5183 Between the M1 junction 9 and Downside on the edge of Dunstable
  • A13 Between Seaview Road, Shoeburyness and the Essex / Southend-on-Sea border
  • A1156 Between the A14 and the junction with St Helens Street and Woodbridge Road

Through the Safer Roads Fund, these four roads form part of 27 new schemes that will be delivered across England, benefiting road users around the country by driving forward safety improvements such as re-designing junctions and improving signage and road markings. The programme will reduce the risk of collisions, which in turn reduces congestion, journey times and emissions.  

As part of the Safer Roads Fund, the Government, working with local authorities and safety groups, is continuing to deliver a wide range of improvements across all roads.

To date, £100m has been provided through the programme to improve the 50 most dangerous roads in England, the majority of which are rural roads. Some of the improvements already made include improved signage, safer pedestrian crossings and better designed junctions.

Part of a national investment of £47.5m to 27 different schemes around the country, the allocation has been based on data independently surveyed and provided by the Road Safety Foundation. The data analysed is based on a road safety risk, looking at data on those killed and seriously injured alongside traffic levels.

The previous rounds of the Safer Roads Fund focused on treating the 50 highest-risk local A-road sections in England with enhanced road safety engineering interventions, and the scheme is set to prevent around 1,450 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.

According to Road Safety Foundation analysis, early estimates suggest that the £47.5 million investment should prevent around 760 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years, with a benefit to society of £420 million.

Once the whole life costs are factored in for the schemes, the overall Benefit Cost Ratio of the investment is estimated at 7.4, meaning for every £1 invested the societal benefit would be £7.40. 

Road users across Essex, Hertfordshire, Southend-on-Sea, and Suffolk will benefit from a £7.8 million boost to enhance the safety of some of the most high-risk roads in the region, the Department for Transport confirmed today (Thursday 6 April).The four road schemes benefitting from this latest injection of funding across the East of England include:A104 Between the A121 near Waltham Abbey and the A121 near WoodfordA5183 Between the M1 junction 9 and Downside on the edge of DunstableA13 Between Seaview Road, Shoeburyness and the Essex / Southend-on-Sea borderA1156 Between the A14 and the junction with St Helens Street and Woodbridge RoadThrough the Safer Roads Fund, these four roads form part of 27 new schemes that will be delivered across England, benefiting road users around the country by driving forward safety improvements such as re-designing junctions and improving signage and road markings. The programme will reduce the risk of collisions, which in turn reduces congestion, journey times and emissions.  As part of the Safer Roads Fund, the Government, working with local authorities and safety groups, is continuing to deliver a wide range of improvements across all roads.To date, £100m has been provided through the programme to improve the 50 most dangerous roads in England, the majority of which are rural roads. Some of the improvements already made include improved signage, safer pedestrian crossings and better designed junctions.Transport Secretary Mark Harper said:   “Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world, but we are always looking at ways to help keep motorists and all road users safer.”That’s why we’re investing £7.8 million to improve road safety across the East of England and this is the first crucial step to ensuring local councils have the support they need to keep everyone safe, while also reducing congestion and emissions.”Part of a national investment of £47.5m to 27 different schemes around the country, the allocation has been based on data independently surveyed and provided by the Road Safety Foundation. The data analysed is based on a road safety risk, looking at data on those killed and seriously injured alongside traffic levels.The previous rounds of the Safer Roads Fund focused on treating the 50 highest-risk local A-road sections in England with enhanced road safety engineering interventions, and the scheme is set to prevent around 1,450 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.According to Road Safety Foundation analysis, early estimates suggest that the £47.5 million investment should prevent around 760 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years, with a benefit to society of £420 million.Once the whole life costs are factored in for the schemes, the overall Benefit Cost Ratio of the investment is estimated at 7.4, meaning for every £1 invested the societal benefit would be £7.40. Dr Suzy Charman, Executive Director of the Road Safety Foundation said:  “The commitment and funding announced today is transformational for road safety teams in local authorities across the country.  It will allow them to proactively reduce risk and make these 27 roads safer and more inviting for all road users.”Systematic changes have already had a big impact on road death and serious injury, for example seatbelts and airbags protect lives when crashes happen.  In the same way we can design roads so that when crashes happen people can walk away, by clearing or protecting roadsides, putting in cross hatching to add space between vehicles, providing safer junctions like roundabouts or adding signalisation and/or turning pockets, and including facilities for walking and cycling.”  This additional investment builds on the Government’s plans to recruit a specialised team of inspectors to build the country’s first ever Road Safety investigation Branch. The team will look at how and why incidents happen and build an enhanced understanding of how we can better mitigate collisions.  It also follows the actions Government has already taken to improve road safety, including banning any use of handheld mobile phones behind the wheel, updating the Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, placing those road users most at risk in the event of a collision at the top of the hierarchy.

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