Bassetlaw’s 10 most dangerous roads are revealed

Figures from the Department of Transport show the A60 is the most dangerous road in Bassetlaw – with 124 accidents between 2014-2018.

By Ben McVay
Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 9:30 pm

The stretch of road was ranked as having the highest number of road accidents causing casualties in the entire district during the four-year period.

After the A60 the A57 was named as Bassetlaw’s second-most dangerous road – with 114 accidents over the same time period.

Bassetlaw’s third-most perilous highway was the A1 – with 101 accidents.

However the district’s least-deadly A roads were the A619 – with just four crashes – and the A6041 with only one.

The alarming findings were uncovered during an analysis of the Department for Transport’s accidents data.

Bassetlaw roads were ranked 135th most dangerous out of 380 British local authorities in terms of crashes – with 1,295 between 2014-2018 – while nearby Nottingham came in at 46 – with 4,575.

In Bassetlaw the top 10 most dangerous roads are as follows:

A60 – 124 accidents A57 – 114 accidents A1 – 101 accidents A620 – 72 accidents A638 – 70 accidents B6045 – 65 accidents B6041 – 64 accidents B6040 – 56 accidents A631 – 27 accidents A616 – 20 accidents

While the number of accidents causing death or injury has fallen by a sixth in the past five years road safety charity Brake has said more should be done to catch and punish dangerous drivers.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said it was making vital improvements to some of the country’s most dangerous stretches of road.

A spokesperson for road safety charity Brake said there were steps drivers could take to prevent accidents - such as slowing down, not using mobile phones when driving and getting their eyesight tested regularly.

But the spokesperson added there needed to be ‘greater investment in road traffic enforcement so that people who do drive dangerously and break the law, endangering themselves and all other road users, are caught and punished’.

The DfT said allocation of crime-fighting resources was a matter for chief constables alongside police and crime commissioners.

The department said busier roads would have a higher number of accidents but ‘vital improvements’ were being made to road networks.

A spokesperson said: “We are committed to improving road safety across the country and the Safer Roads Fund will provide vital improvements to the 50 most dangerous stretches of road in England.

“In addition we launched a Road Safety Action Plan last year which set out more than 70 measures to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads.”

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