Brake has called on Highways England to help expedite the creation of an independent Road Collision Investigation Branch.
In a new report published on 16 May, the road safety charity says there is an ‘urgent need for prioritisation of safety and sustainability on the strategic road network (SRN)’.
The report has been published ahead of the release of Highways England’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) -which outlines the Government agency’s plans for investment in England’s motorways and major roads between 2020 and 2025.
The Brake report makes 10 recommendations for RIS2, including a call to ‘radically increase’ funding specifically for safety and environmental purposes – including establishing an independent Road Collision Investigation Branch.
The report also says there must be increased funding for ‘comprehensive and specialist enforcement of the SRN’, through partnership work with, and investment in, enforcement agencies.
Brake is also calling RIS2 to: support vehicle technologies that advance safety and ultra-low emissions; prioritise the construction of safe infrastructure (with a focus on the most vulnerable); and enable Highways England to reduce care use.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “Roads investment decisions affect us all; every death on our roads is a preventable tragedy and the environmental impacts of roads reach far and wide.
“RIS2 is a huge opportunity to shift the dial on UK road safety and sustainability, with billions of pounds of investment to be allocated, so it is vital that the right choices are made.
“Brake wants to see safety and sustainability as equal first priorities for our strategic roads and we urge Highways England to listen and take on board the recommendations detailed in this important report.”