Cat and Fiddle tops dangerous road list

Judged Britain's most dangerous road,  the A537 Cat and Fiddle route outside Buxton.
Judged Britain's most dangerous road, the A537 Cat and Fiddle route outside Buxton.
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The A537 Cat and Fiddle has again been named Britain’s most dangerous road - and is actually getting more dangerous.

With 44 fatal and serious collisions between 2007 and 2011 compared to 35 between 2002 and 2006, the road between Buxton and Macclesfield once again tops the chart in the EuroRAP Risk Rating.

The A54 from Buxton to Congleton and the A5004 between Whaley Bridge and Buxton are also in the top ten, while a section of the A5012 Via Gellia road came second in the list.

Dr Steve Lawson, director of the Road Safety Foundation, who produce the report, is calling for more investment to make roads safer. He said: “The most recent improvement in road safety has come from car design and safer driving. The specification that authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general. That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control - such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels - with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts. Road managers need not only money, but the tools and goals to measure and manage infrastructure safety.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “We’re working hard to make our roads safer but we face a number of challenges.

“More than two-thirds of the crashes on our three ‘persistently higher risk’ routes involved a motorcyclist. Riders love our countryside roads but too many of them are running into trouble.

“The physical geography of our county also plays its part in the challenges we face. The Derbyshire routes categorised as ‘persistently higher risk’ are countryside roads with lots of bends and hills. We use roadside signs and road markings to show people the best way to stay safe when travelling along these routes.”