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The most dangerous roads are main roads running through villages or the outskirts of towns according to an AA Motoring Trust study.

The report was carried out as part of the European Road Assessment Porgramme and shows that the single carriageways carry the most risk, with motorways five times safer on average.

Other findings show that one third od deaths and single injuries on single and dual carriageways happen at junctions, and the most improved roads have measures to enourage drivers to adapt to the change from open road to semi-urban layout.

The highest risk roads are:

1) A682 (M65 J13 – A65 Long Preston) N West/Yorks &Humberside

KSI collisions: 24 (1999-2001), 23 (2002-2004)

Length: 24km. Accident rate: 223 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

2) A54 (Congleton - Buxton) N West

KSI collisions: 18 (1999-2001), 21 (2002-2004)

Length: 24km. Accident rate: 182 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

3) A61 (Barnsley – Wakefield) Y&H

KSI collisions: 17 (1999-2001), 22 (2002-2004)

Length: 10km. Accident rate: 174 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

4) A82 (Tyndrum - Tarbet) Scotland

KSI collisions: 21 (1999-2001), 21 (2002-2004)

Length: 34km. Accident rate: 173 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

5) A623 (Baslow – Chapel-en-le-Frith) E Mids

KSI collisions: 23 (1999-2001), 26 (2002-2004)

Length: 22km. Accident rate: 159 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

6) A671 (Burnley – A59 Whalley) N West

KSI collisions: 22 (1999-2001), 22 (2002-2004)

Length: 10km. Accident rate: 145 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

7) A683 (M6 J34 – Kirkby Lonsdale) N West

KSI collisions: 23 (1999-2001), 18 (2002-2004)

Length: 24km. Accident rate: 144 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

8) A6 (Derby - Buxton) E Mids/N West

KSI collisions: 89 (1999-2001), 76 (2002-2004)

Length: 56km. Accident rate: 139 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

9) A59 (Skipton – Harrogate) Y&H

KSI collisions: 42 (1999-2001), 36 (2002-2004)

Length: 30km. Accident rate: 138 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

10) A84 (M9 J10 – Lochearnhead) Scotland

KSI collisions: 25 (1999-2001), 30 (2002-2004)

Length: 44km. Accident rate: 138 KSI collisions per billion vehicle kms travelled.

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