The Road Safety Foundation has this week revealed what some of us have know for a long time, our roads are not very good in the safety market. Roads are currently graded on a four star system with the safest roads being awarded the top marks. RSF has startling information that only 50 per cent of our major motorway networks scrub up and make it to four stars, and the A roads fall even lower for safety that that.
The Government is being asked to spend more time on the safe design of our road network. Each year there are thousands of accidents, many resulting in fatalities, which cost the British economy millions of pounds, not to mention the hurt of those involved.
Motorways come out better than any other road system in the UK and that is alarming as only half of them receive four stars. Dual carriageways across the country are mainly awarded three stars and more than 65 per cent of single carriageways can only muster two stars. This is an alarming high number of roads, which we all use everyday in one form or another, that just do not come up to standards we expect from living in Britain. Anyone that uses a car, bus or taxi contributes towards road tax in some form and we should be getting better for our money.
Many other western countries do not suffer from the road conditions that we do as their respective governments have invested heavily in road safety. If the money is invested properly we could make the roads of Britain some of the best in the world and potentially as safe as flying.