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Councillor blames bikers for UK's most dangerous road

Published: 25 June 2007

Updated: 19 November 2014

Motorcyclists are to blame for the UK’s most dangerous road, according to a local councillor.

Councillor Tony Martin, in charge of the A682 in Lancashire, named today as the country’s most dangerous road, told BBC Radio Five Live: “I could certainly improve the accident record if I could ban motorcyclists from it.”

“The difficulty we face is that it’s a very, if you want, exciting road for people like motorcyclists to use because it’s got a lot of ups and downs, dips and nice turns, linear bends," said Tony Martin

A survey by the European Road Assessment Programme (Eurorap) reported that a 15-mile stretch of the popular biking route, from junction 13 of the M65 to Long Preston, had been the site of 100 deaths or serious injuries in a decade, the equivalent to five major rail crashes. Eurorap said 57% of collisions on the road involved a motorcycle. It said problems arose from the road being ‘not well marked for motorcyclists who need road markings which guide on the “where you look is where you go” principle’.

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