Deaths on UK motorways up 8% as Highways England says 'smart' routes are safe

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The Department for Transport confirmed today that for the seventh consecutive year there has been no meaningful reduction in fatalities on Britain's roads.

The latest report on 2018 road casualties confirmed there were 1,784 deaths - down just one per cent compared to the previous year - although British roads are already among the safest in Europe.

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Highways England bosses said it aims for there 'to be zero fatalities or injuries' on the major network it's responsible for, despite motorway casualties increasing by eight per cent - the biggest rise of any road type last year.

Controversially, it added that smart motorway all-lane running schemes without hard shoulders 'are as safe as our wider motorway network' despite ongoing concerns and criticism following a number of deaths on the routes.

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The DfT's report said there were a total of 160,597 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents in 2018.

This is six per cent lower than in 2017 and is officially the 'lowest level on record'.

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That said, the number of annual deaths on Britain's roads have remained almost unchanged since 2011.

RAC head of policy Nicholas Lyes said the continued failure to 'meaningfully' cut fatality rates was 'disappointing' and called for more action for the prevention of crashes.

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He said: 'While we welcome the Government’s renewed focus with the publication of its recent road safety statement, there needs to be a significant shift in policy that will result in far fewer serious collisions.'

One of the headline stats from the report is the increase in casualties on motorways - 107 in total, which is an eight per cent spike.

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Many will point the finger at the wider introduction of smart motorways, especially all-lane running (ALR) routes with no hard shoulders.

These have come in for heavy criticism since they were first introduced in 2006, and it has only...
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