Danger road

A hazardous 12 km stretch of road passing through the Peak District National Park has the dubious distinction of being the country’s most dangerous highway.

According to numbers provided by the Road Safety Association, the A357 between Macclesfield and Buxton in Derbyshire (known as the Cat and Fiddle) has seen accident rates increase by 62% over the past three years.  There was an average of three serious or fatal crashes for every three-kilometre stretch of road.

The single carriageway, with a speed limit of 50 miles an hour, has a number of steep falls and dangerous bends.  It is edged by rock face or dry stone walls nearly all the way.

While this stretch of road is no doubt the country’s most dangerous, it is by no means the only stretch of dangerous road in the UK.  The Road Safety Association report also found that motorists all over the East Midlands and North-west are regularly facing very dangerous road conditions.  This includes areas such as Nantwich, Worksop, Wakefield and Bolton.  The roads here are often rural, with many sweeping bends and blind corners.

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