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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wales' most dangerous roads

The Western Mail reports on new figures that identify the most dangerous roads in Wales.

They say that figures published by the Road Safety Foundation show the A roads where drivers are most at risk of death or serious injury:

The group measured the number of collisions in 2009-2011 against the number of journeys made on the road.

It listed the six most dangerous roads in the country, including the A44 from Llangurig to Aberystwyth, which came fourth in a list of the highest risk roads in the whole of Britain.

The report also revealed that danger roads in Wales are being improved more slowly than anywhere else in Britain, with just an 11% fall in risk, compared to the best performing region's 30%.

They add that Wales has the second highest number of serious crashes per one billion vehicle kilometres, at 32, based on motorways and A roads just behind the East Midlands.

For the record, the high and medium risk roads in Wales are A5152 near Wrexham; A496 in Gwynedd; A5 near Menai Bridge; A44 between Llangurig and Aberystwyth; A4081 near Llandrindod Wells; and A479 through the Brecon Beacons.

It has to be said though that it does not get much more dangerous than this incident on the M4 motorway yesterday, when a van at the rear of three burning cars was pulled away by firemen before the explosives on board could catch fire.
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