Report calls for action over road safety

24/10/2013
Highways Reporters

The Road Safety Foundation has called on the Government to invest in an effort to make UK roads measurably safer.

With road crashes costing two per cent of GDP and other countries managing infrastructure in a new way, the Road Safety Foundation’s 2013 report ‘Measuring to Manage’ calls for the new investment to be targeted so that the safety of the network is raised in a measurable way using world class techniques.

The report analyses the 44,373km (11%) of Britain’s network where 51% of Britain’s road deaths take place: motorways and A roads outside major urban areas.

In its Action for Roads proposals, the Government has recognised that Britain is falling behind other countries and has announced “the biggest ever upgrade of our existing roads worth up to £50bn over the next generation”.  It is also proposing that the Highways Agency is turned into a publicly owned corporation.

Dr Steve Lawson, director of the Road Safety Foundation, said: “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. Many proposals in Government’s Action for Roads are sound, but there is need now to focus on improving infrastructure safety itself in a measurable way.”

Findings of the report include:

·  Risk to road users is now 7 times greater on single carriageway A roads than motorways

·  Running off the road accounts for 30% of all deaths

·  Junction crashes are the most common crash leading to serious injury

·  99% of motorways are rated in the ‘low risk’ category; 97% of single carriageway A roads are not

·  Britain’s economy loses more than 2% of GDP in road crashes

·  Overall risk of death and serious injury on motorways and A roads is lowest in the West Midlands and highest in the East Midlands

·  The most improved region is the East of England with a 30% fall in risk.

The report highlights typical improvements leading to major reductions in serious crashes. These include removal of roadside hazards (such as trees, rigid poles or lighting columns), the introduction of interactive warning signs, anti-skid surfacing and road studs. For junction crashes, improved layout, signing, lining, resurfacing with high friction treatments and better tailored local speed limits were common.
Highways jobs

Team Leader - Highways

Milton Keynes Council
£50,941 - £54,228
Milton Keynes is a place of opportunity. Milton Keynes
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Highways Traffic Development Engineer

Milton Keynes Council
£34,788 - £38,813
Milton Keynes is a place of opportunity. Milton Keynes
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Assistant Contracts Engineer

Milton Keynes Council
£34,788 - £38,813
We are looking for an Assistants Contracts Engineer to be a key senior member of our Contracts Team managing... Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Team Leader - Streetworks

Milton Keynes Council
£39,782 - £43,662
We are looking for a Team Leader to lead our Streetworks Team. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Traffic Project Officer

City of York Council
£26,875 to £29,783 per annum
City of York Council have a great opportunity for a Projects Officer to join our busy Traffic Team. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Traffic Management Leader

City of York Council
£35,500 to £40,710 per annum
City of York Council have an exciting opportunity for an experienced transport professional to lead our Traffic Team. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Senior Technician (Structures)

Milton Keynes Council
£29,636 - £33,779
With several future projects coming up this is an exciting time for an experienced Senior Technician to join our team.  Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Senior Engineer - Development Management

Milton Keynes Council
£44,632 - £49,298
We are looking for a Senior Engineer to work within our Development Management Team. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Principal Transport Officer (Policy)

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
£38,813 To £40,760 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic and motivated individual to drive forward transport policy to... St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Road Safety Officer (Education and engagement)

Milton Keynes Council
£29,636 - £33,799
We are looking a Road Safety Officer to deliver our education and engagement programme across Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Road Safety Engineer

Milton Keynes Council
£34,788 - £38,813
We are looking for an experience Road Safety professional to join our team to process and analyse collision and casualty data and to... Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Development Management Engineer

Warwickshire County Council
£37,849 - £39,782 per annum
The successful applicant for this post will be capable of taking the lead on work within... Warwick, Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwickshire County Council

Project Officers

Buckinghamshire Council
£29121 - £38881 per annum
OverviewCareer graded posts 5-7£29,121 - £38,881 per annumThis is your chance to make a lasting impact on our county. From developing the connected tr England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recruiter: Buckinghamshire Council

Permit Coordinator

Milton Keynes Council
£29,636 - £33,799
We are looking for a Permit Coordinator to work within our Streetworks Team. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Highways Liaison Officer

Milton Keynes Council
£29,636 - £33,799
We are looking for a Highways Liaison Officer to join our Communications and Liaison Team. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

Clerk of Works

Milton Keynes Council
£29,636 - £33,779
We are looking for a Clerk of Works to join our expanding team, supporting the Senior Engineers to... Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recruiter: Milton Keynes Council

CCTV Control Room Supervisor

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£24, 313 - £28, 785 pro rata
We are looking to recruit a supervisor to become part of the management team for our highly successful CCTV Control Room. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Chair of the Board of Directors - Norwich City Services

Norwich City Council
£10,000 per annum
Join Norwich City Services Ltd and transform the way we look after our city and our people. Norwich, Norfolk
Recruiter: Norwich City Council

Team Leader

Buckinghamshire Council
Negotiable
OverviewThis is your chance to make a lasting impact on our county. From developing the connected transport networks of the future and driving sustain England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recruiter: Buckinghamshire Council

Commercial Vehicle Technician

Chelmsford City Council
£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

 

ADEPT: Past and present

Highways England: Present and future

Mott MacDonald: Urban realm of the future

View the latest issue

Latest Video