Home Menu Search

Getting Back on Track

30 October 2018

In Great Britain road deaths have flat-lined since 2010.  While the international goal is to halve road deaths each decade, reducing towards zero by 2050.  If we had kept on track more than 2,500 more families would not have faced the sudden loss of a loved one and more than £10 billion in societal loss would have been prevented. 

Getting Back on Track means taking effective action to reduce serious road deaths by at least 4% annually through a combination of safer road use, safer vehicles and safer roads. A new report from The Road Safety Foundation shows that in the 6-year period  Britain suffered more than 10,000 deaths and 100,000 serious injuries. 

Important steps have been taken. In 2015, the Department for Transport recognised the need to manage the risks on roads in the same way as in rail, aviation, factories, medicine or mining through introducing Safe Systems.  Highways England and Transport for London have committed to moving towards zero harm by 2040.

In 2017, the government launched an innovative Safer Roads Fund to enable English road authorities to tackle the 50 most dangerous ‘A’ road sections.  The £100 million investment is expected to prevent around 1,450 fatal and serious injuries over its economic life with a societal benefit more than four times greater than its cost. If sustained, it is a huge step forward in ensuring known high risks are identified and treated before people are killed or hurt. 

The report which is available here identifies 40 persistently higher risk roads which must be addressed with urgency. The cost of tackling this immediate portfolio is estimated to be just under £75 million.  Further sustained annual expenditure of £75 million per year over the next 5 years could address the appalling rate of road accidents.

Related news, events and information

New crash map reveals Britain’s riskiest roads

20 November 2018 – Motor insurer and road safety charity call on the government to invest to make roads safer and save lives A...

Cutting the cost of dangerous roads: Road Safety Foundation Annual Tracking Report

21 November 2017 – In a major innovation last year, the government allocated a £175m Safer Roads Fund to tackle a portfolio of the...

Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative launched

10 May 2019 – Every year over 210,000 people are killed in road crashes and millions more are seriously injured in...

#50by30: A New Target for a Decade of SDG Action for Road Safety

22 April 2019 – Every day 3,700 people are killed in road crashes and many more suffer serious injuries. Shockingly traffic...

Powerful new partnership launched between iRAP and ITF

22 August 2017 – iRAP and the International Transport Forum (ITF) have taken a big step forward in the battle against road...

New road safety target announced by the EU

17 May 2018 – RoadSafe, together with many road safety organisations welcomes the announcement by the European Union (EU) of...

Ireland’s leadership on road safety is “a model for the European Union”

19 June 2019 – Story from the ETSC. Ireland is the winner of this year's European Transport Safety Council Road Safety...

The technology and psychology that can help you become a safer driver

26 June 2017 – Story from the Guardian. More than 1 million people worldwide are killed on roads each year. Psychologists...

Safer Roads Funds Results

26 October 2018 – A £100m programme of works announced by the DfT in June 2018 under the Safer Roads Fund is on course to prevent...