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A46 named fifth most dangerous road in Britain

This accident occurred on the A46 near Snitterfield several years ago. Photo: Mark Williamson
This accident occurred on the A46 near Snitterfield several years ago. Photo: Mark Williamson

THE A46 has been named among the top five most dangerous roads in Britain.

This is according to a report published today, Tuesday, after car leasing specialist, UK Carline, who used a series of Freedom of Information requests to uncover Britain’s most dangerous roads.

They revealed that the M6, which stretches 232 miles from Leicestershire to the Scottish borders and is at the centre of the UK motorway network, and the 280m long A8(M) in Scotland are the most dangerous, with each road having five car accidents each week (almost one a day.)

The A46, which comes in as the fifth most dangerous road with 123 crashes.

It passes through several areas around Stratford from Snitterfield to Bishopton and is also known as the Stratford Road and Alcester Road in some areas.

The Stratford District Council are members of an A46 Partnership, a group set up to promote investment in the A46 corridor and to deliver planned infrastructure improvements.

It currently has a mixture of single and dual carriageway sections. The road passes through parts of Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

An 18-year-old from Coventry died in a crash on the A46 near Kenilworth last year when the car he was driving ran off the road and overturned after striking some trees.

Following the M6 and A8(M), the A30 in Devon (213 crashes), A35 in Dorset (173 crashes), and the A46 in Warwickshire (123 crashes) saw the most incidents, making them the worst five roads in the UK.

Some areas reported a particularly high proportion of accidents on a particular road. One in three of all major road accidents which occurred in Northampton happened on the M1 (31%) which connects London to Leeds, while following closely behind is the A35 in Dorset, which accounted for over a quarter of the county’s road accidents (28%).

Overall, Scotland was revealed as the area that recorded the highest number of car incidents, clocking up a staggering 6253. Manchester appeared second, with 1775 crashes in one year.

Jonathan Nolan, general manager at UK Carline said: “Our research certainly produced some eye-opening statistics regarding the safety of UK roads. Although the government and councils regularly enforce new driving laws and take steps to help people drive safely, we must take more care whilst driving and ensure our vehicles have adequate safety features.

“We hope our research has brought to light the dangers of driving on these particular roads and encourage people to be more aware of their surroundings to protect their safety.”

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