Statistics from the UK government showed a decline in road casualties in the last ten years. From 2007 to 2017 road casualties dropped by 31%. However, looking at statistics from 2016 to 2017, the number of vehicle miles went up 1% while casualties went down by 6%.
In the same period fatalities by road user type are as follows:
– Fatalities by cars are down 4%.
– Fatalities by bicycle are down 1%.
– Fatalities by motorbike are up by 9%.
– Fatalities by pedestrians are up 5%.
A-One+, the main maintenance and operations supplier of Sussex and Kent, celebrated two million accident-free hours early in 2019. Highways England commended A-One+ on reaching the milestone considering that pedestrian fatalities went up by 5% in England. It is a major feat considering that the team conducted 3,345 inspections on dangerous roads. It is something Highways England strives to replicate throughout the entire English road network.
Highways England continues its efforts to keep roads safe. Over the next five years, over £11 billion will be invested in the maintenance and modernisation of roads. It includes a wide range of safety measures, including chevrons kits, upgrading verges and barriers, removing the bottlenecks, upgrading junctions and improved signage.
Dangers on the Highway
Highways England said that they aim to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on England’s motorways by 40% over the next 10 years. Considering that fatalities went down by 39% between 2007 and 2017, with the total casualties down by 31%, it is a target that they could very easily reach.
Companies like https://www.vehiclechevrons.com/ increasingly work with motorists and car owners to produce chevron kits on their cars and at the back of vehicles to improve visibility.
Some regions in England are achieving what they set out to do: keep roads safe and fatalities down.
Between 2016 and 2017 fatalities by region were:
– Scotland down 24%
– North West down 10%
– Wales – unchanged
– West Midlands fatalities are up 23%
– South West is up 15%
– North East is up 4%
– Yorkshire and the Humber are up 16%
– East Midlands is down 5%
– East of England is down 6%
– London is up by 13%
– South East is down 5%
Statistics by region show where Highways England should start investigating and put their focus on safeguarding motorists and inspecting roads.