Road through Kettering named as one of the highest risk in Britain

Map: the Road Safety Foundation
Map: the Road Safety Foundation

A road through Kettering has been named as one of the most persistently high-risk in Great Britain.

The A4300, which runs along Rothwell Road, Montagu Street and Stamford Road, is ranked as the most high risk in the East Midlands in a new report by charity the Road Safety Foundation.

The rankings are based on figures from the pan-European Road Assessment Programme, which measures and raises awareness of risk on highways across the continent.

The Kettering town centre route also makes the top 10 nationwide after 25 crashes in the two two-year periods studied by the charity for its report, published today (Tuesday, November 4).

There were 13 crashes along the 6km (3.7mi) stretch of road in 2007-09 and a further 12 in 2010-12, meaning the road has been given its ranking because it has ranked among the most at-risk in both time periods while showing little or no improvement between studies.

Britain’s most dangerous road, in West Sussex, saw a total of 39 incidents over those years – although the stretch of road involved was more than three times longer.

There are also a number of other “medium-high risk” roads in north Northamptonshire, including the A427 from Corby to Oundle, the A43 from Corby to Stamford and the A6 from Rushden to Kettering.

The only green road – those deemed to be the lowest risk – in the north of the county is the stretch of the A510 from Finedon to the A14 at Cranford.