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£38 million boost for safer roads across England

19 March 2024

Extra support for local councils aims to deliver l ife-saving improvements on high risk roads in England.

  • £38.3 million government investment to improve road safety on 17 of the country’s most high risk roads
  • Road users across England will now benefit from safety improvements on 99 roads

The £38.3 million will deliver improvements on 17 roads and comes on top of the £147.5 million already invested to deliver life-saving improvements on 82 high risk roads across England. Over a 20-year period, this funding will see significant reductions in fatal and serious injuries, up to as much as a 30.8% reduction on some roads. Improvements will include:

  1. designing new junctions and roundabouts
  2. improving signage and road markings
  3. new road surfacing and landscape management
  4. improved pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes

The Safer Roads Fund won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2021. This round of funding is expected to prevent over 2,600 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years as well as reduce congestion, improve journey times and lower emissions.

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