Britain's most dangerous road named as the A682

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Some of the UK’s most popular biking routes have been named as the country’s most dangerous roads.

A route which attracts thousands of riders every year is the most dangerous road in Britain, a survey has claimed.

A 15-mile stretch of the A682 in Lancashire has seen 100 deaths or serious injuries in a decade and 57% of the collisions have involved a motorcycle, according to the European Road Assessment Programme (EURORAP).

The route, from junction 13 of the M65 and Long Preston, attracts thousands of riders in summer due to challenging bends and beautiful scenery, according to a Eurorap spokeswoman. She said: “It’s very undulating road. It’s got loads of bends and twists and so on, so from a motorcycling point of view it’s quite stimulating. It’s also between some quite attractive spots.”

She 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”. 
More popular biking routes were among 16 other road sections identified as "medium to high risk" in the survey, with 10 times the number of deaths and serious injuries of the country's best roads.

On the A54 from Congleton to Buxton, the second most dangerous road in the country according to the survey, 50% of collisions involve a motorcycle.

Third on the list is the A683 between junction 34 of the M6 to Kirkby Lonsdale, where motorcycles are involved in 60% of collisions. The road is one of the main routes for bikers visiting Devils’ Bridge, a hugely popular meeting place for riders from all over the north of England, according to North Yorkshire Police.

The top ten, followed by the percentage of accidents involving motorcyclists

A682 M65 J13 - A65 Long Preston 57%

A54 Leton - Buxton 50%

A863 J34 – Kirkby Lonsdale 60%

A 62 Diggle - Huddersfield 19%

A671 Burnley - A59 Whalley 24%

A653 Dewsbury - M62 J28 15%

A1079 Mkt Weighton – Kingston upon Hull 17% 

A53 Leek - Buxton  0%

A726 M77 J3 to Paisley 21%

A46 Mkt Rasen - Grimsby 25%

A644 Dewsbury - M62 J25 35%

A617 A614 - Newark-on-Trent 27%

A5 Daventry - Rugby (A428) 23%

A533 A49 - A56 50%

A166 York - Driffield 43%

A631 Gainsborough - A1103 44%

A85 Crianlarich - Perth 29%

See the full details of dangerous roads here: http://217.174.251.13/library/pdfs/news/20070624_GB_Results_Table_1_2_final.pdf

If you ride any of these roads, let us know what you think of them, and why you think they are dangerous by adding your comments, below

 

 

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Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell