Petworth to Chichester A285 is Britain’s ‘most dangerous road’

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A stretch of road less than 12 miles long between Chichester and Petworth is the UK’s ‘persistently highest-risk’ road a new survey by the Road Safety Foundation has revealed.

The A285 between Chichester and Petworth runs north to south linking the A27 with the

A272 and runs through the South Downs.

It tops the list of high-risk and medium-high risk roads which have shown little or no change over time or significant increases in the number of crashes.

According to the report it has seen a 16 per cent increase in the number of fatal and serious crashes over time – at junctions, running off the road and even head-on collisions. The safety measures taken so far are not enough to tackle the route, according to the

Foundation.

It requires a more far reaching intervention along the 12 mile length of the

route which make junctions and roadsides safer in particular.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “The A285 has been a priority for the authority who in recent years, as well as maintaining the road surface, has also invested in a number of safety schemes along the route to help or warn drivers at higher risk locations. These improvements have included the introduction of short sections of high specification road surfaces, lowering speed limits, installing flashing warning signs and enhancing static signs.

“Unfortunately, despite this investment the collision rate on the A285 is still a cause of concern.

“Future works are planned and include the introduction of a double white line system on the Duncton Straights north of Duncton, along with a number of other smaller schemes and maintenance works.”

“The council recognises that as an ancient rural route the A285 does not meet the design standards of a modern road. It can be frustrating to some drivers and riders or seem exciting and challenging to others.

“However, it should be remembered that safety is the responsibility of all road users; drivers and riders should continually assess the changing conditions, heed the warning signs provided by the highway authority and adjust their driving accordingly. Be patient and don’t take unnecessary risks. Only together can we reduce the number of collisions.”