Chris Ames 22 March 2024

DfT hands councils £38m for road safety

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Ministers have announced £38.3m to improve the safety of 17 high risk local roads in England, taking the spending under the Safer Roads Fund beyond the £175m originally pledged.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the cash comes on top of £147.5m already allocated to deliver ‘life-saving improvements’ on 82 high risk roads across England.

Modelling suggests the funding could save 385 lives over the next 20 years, with up to a 30.8% reduction in fatal and serious injuries on some roads.

Improvements will include:

  • designing new junctions and roundabouts
  • improving signage and road markings
  • new road surfacing and landscape management
  • improved pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes

Transport secretary Mark Harper said: ‘Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world, but we are always looking at ways to help keep drivers and all road users safe.’

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