By Audlem reporter - 1st November 2013 6:08am
The A530 road near Burleydam has been named as the fifth most dangerous road in Britain.
A recent report by the Road Safety Foundation says the A530 between Burleydam and Nantwich has been the scene of a total of 21 fatal or serious road traffic accidents in the five years between 2007 and 2011
It makes the eight mile stretch of A-road the fifth worst in Britain for serious accidents with many of the fatal crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists.
Britain's other most dangerous roads for fatal or serious traffic accidents over the same period are the A537 From Buxton to Macclesfield (44); the A5012 from Pikehall to Matlock (25); the A682 From M65 Nelson to Long Preston (24) and the A621 from Baslow to Totley (23).
The A525 from Audlem joins the A530 at Burleydam and it is the main route for motorists travelling between Whitchurch and Nantwich.
Serious accidents on the A530 are notable in that relatively few involve motorcyclists compared to Britain's other most dangerous roads.
Of the incidents on the A530 between 2007 and 2011, only 26% involved motorcycles, which was significantly lower than any other road in the top 10 of Britain's worst roads.
Road Safety Foundation spokesman James Bradford commented: "The A530 Whitchurch Road is only 13km long but there have been quite a number of fatal or serious accidents."
"When you look at collisions on the other roads in the top 10 they have a much higher percentage of motorcyclists. However, on the A530 there have been a lot of crashes involving pedestrians or cyclists."
A total of 1,754 people were killed on Britain's roads last year with 62% of fatal or serious accidents occurring on single carriageway 'A' roads making them seven times more dangerous than motorways, the study revealed.
While 99% of motorways are rated in the 'low risk' category, 97% cent of single carriageway A-roads are not.
A 13km section of road between Macclesfield and Buxton was named as Britain's most dangerous road. The single-carriageway road has been the scene of 43 fatal or serious collisions since 2001, nearly three-quarters of them involving motorcyclists.
According to Dr Joanne Hill who heads the Road Safety Foundation which carried out the research, despite Cheshire's best efforts to improve safety motorcyclists treat the route as a race track and secured its position in the league of dangerous roads.
The report, compiled by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF), has identified Britain's 10 most dangerous roads for deaths and injury per mile of roadway.
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