A14 one of least safe roads in country

One of the main roads serving Suffolk has been scored among the lowest in a new safety inspection carried out across England's road network, it can be revealed today.

Lizzie Parry

One of the main roads serving Suffolk has been scored among the lowest in a new safety inspection carried out across England's road network, it can be revealed today.

The report, published by the Road Safety Foundation today, assessed the safety of 7,000km of main trunk roads, including motorways, dual carriageways and single carriageways maintained by the Highways Agency (HA).

Among the worst performing stretches of dual carriageway is the section of the A14 between Ipswich and Felixstowe, rated as the tenth lowest scoring length of dual carriageway, according to the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) Road Protection Score.


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The scale measures the extent to which a driver or passenger is protected from severe injury or death when travelling at the speed limit when a crash occurs.

The poor performing part of the A14, one of the busiest stretches of road for container traffic travelling to the Port of Felixstowe, achieved one of the lowest three-star scores, on the scale where four-stars indicates the safest roads and one-star denotes the worst roads.

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The 10km stretch of the A14 was criticised for having inadequate barriers protecting drivers at the side of the road.

The study also earmarks the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey as one of the ten lowest scoring single carriageways in the country, achieving one of the bottom two-star ratings.

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