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Crash costs exceed maintenance budget in Spain

28 July 2013

A valuable report published by RACC and based on EuroRAP mapping shows that crash costs exceed the maintenance budget. It shows national road sections with the highest crash costs.

The research shows that up to 20% of the network (4,700km) bears crash costs over €100,000 per kilometre, while 5% of the network (1,296km) had crash costs greater than €200,000 per kilometre. The study found that just eight roads account for half of the highest cost per kilometre.

The report comes at time of considerable budgetary constraint in Spain, and it is argued that targeted investment on road sections with the highest crash costs will save lives and money. 

Currently, while the average crash cost per km on the national road network stands at €64, investment in road maintenance stands at just €38 per km.
 

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