A year on from its initial review of road safety performance and progress around the UK, Road Safety Analysis has published National Signposts 2013, the latest report in its Signpost Series which analyses “national and local road safety over the last six years”.
National Signposts 2013 provides “a more in-depth look at the issue of road risk” in terms of “crashes on local roads” and shows where improvements have been made and where risk is highest.
The best and worst performers are highlighted in the report, with what Road Safety Analysis calls “some surprising results”.
The report suggests that overall London and the South East exhibit higher risk and are generally making slower progress. Scotland experiences lower levels of risk than elsewhere in Britain and is generally making more progress.
Significant progress has been made in North West England and some urban areas outside London, in particular the Midlands and parts of Wales, over the last three years.
In its introduction to the new data, Road Safety Analysis says: “It becoming ever clearer that the national comparison data provided by the DfT is unhelpful and potentially misleading when national comparisons are made between different authorities.
“Measuring risk on roads, rather than to residents, does not allow for objective comparisons with a non-linear relationship between risk and traffic flow. The Signposts Series includes groupings of similar authorities to allow better assessment of risk at a local level.
“Although overall national crash and casualty rates are falling, there are significant local variations in road safety performance. This is particularly important to understand at a time when localism is emerging as the dominant driver of policy and funding in road safety. Local authorities need meaningful measures of comparative performance in order to drive progress.”
National Signposts 2013 is supported by new, interactive charts and maps on the MAST Online website.
Richard Owen at Road Safety Analysis said: “Authorities who want to know more about risk on their roads and how this compares to national trends can access detailed local Signpost Series reports.
“These break down risk by age and road user group at a district level, and road risk for pedestrians, pedal cyclists, motorcyclists and young drivers at a highway authority level. Sample reports have been produced and are available for immediate download.”
Contact Richard Owen on 01295 731815 for more information.