Monday, 14th May 2012
UK: Unfit for 80: An Assessment of the Safety of Englandís Motorways
Source: Road Safety Foundation (UK)
From the Introduction:
In October 2011, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that it would consult on raising the motorway speed limit to 80 mph for light vehicles on suitably engineered motorways. The headline arguments advanced by DfT for change were that:
• half of motorists already exceeded the 70 mph limit and the moral legitimacy of the system would be restored;
• vehicles had become safer;
• there would be resulting economic benefits;
• other EU countries had higher limits...
This paper assesses the past and current safety of England’s motorways. Central to this assessment is the Foundation’s own unique data sets. The Road Safety Foundation has tracked the rate of death and serious injury, section by section, on British motorways for the last decade. It has also physically inspected the entire English motorway system recording key safety engineering features, such as crash protection, at 100 metre intervals.
In addition, because the data for England has been collected and analysed to European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) protocols, the Foundation can compare British results with other countries such as France and Germany.
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