A134 linking Suffolk to Essex named among most dangerous roads in Britain by motoring company

The A134 just north of Bury St Edmunds

The A134 just north of Bury St Edmunds

The A134 which links Suffolk to north Essex has been named as one of Britain’s most dangerous roads.

Jack Owen

Jack Owen - Credit: Archant

A league table compiled by motoring company Regtransfers also lists the A140 and A11 among the country’s most hazardous highways.

The table was calculated by dividing the number of accidents on the road by the amount of miles driven.

The A134, which runs from Sudbury via Bury St Edmunds to Thetford, was listed as the 43rd most dangerous, with 1.77 accidents per million miles travelled.

County councillor Jack Owen, Labour spokesman for roads, described the stretch as “potentially dangerous” while a Suffolk Highways spokesman stressed that the number of collisions resulting in death or serious injury were low.

The scene of an accident last year on the A134, when luckily, nobody was seriously injured

The scene of an accident last year on the A134, when luckily, nobody was seriously injured - Credit: Archant


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Mr Owen said: “It is very worrying that the numbers of accidents on the A134 is as high as it is.

“As a regular user of that particular road I know from experience that the quality of the road surface combined with the high speeds that cars can reach mean it has the potential to be very dangerous.

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“I will be holding the county council to account to ensure that the number of accidents on this road is more effectively managed.

He added: “I hope that some of the £21m of funding to resurface Suffolk’s roads will be spent on the A134 to ensure that the number of accidents, serious or otherwise, is kept to an absolute minimum.”

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “It is interesting to note that the report by RegTransfers mentions ‘accidents’ which can include when no driver or passenger has been injured.

“The A134 is the third longest county road in Suffolk, running from Bury St Edmunds to the Essex border.

“Thankfully it has a low rate of collisions where people are killed or seriously injured.”

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “We are committed to prioritising safety however, our collision statistics show there have not been a significant number of collisions on the Essex section of the A134.”

The A11, which stretches from London to Norfolk came out as the 35th most dangerous road in the country, with two accidents per million miles.

The A140 was 46th – with 1.69 accidents per million miles.

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