Britain’s most dangerous roundabouts revealed

Britain’s most dangerous roundabouts revealed
Britain’s most dangerous roundabout has been the scene of more than 160 accidents over the last six years, research has shown.

The roundabout outside the Elephant and Castle station in Southwark, South London, has seen 163 crashes since 2010.

It has topped a list of the most dangerous roundabouts in the country compiled after analysis was carried out on official data on road accidents.

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Taking joint second place on the dubious list is the Bordesley Circus roundabout in central Birmingham and the one on the Royal Docks Road in Newham, East London.

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Unlucky drivers have been involved in 105 accidents on each of these stretches of road.

Next up is the roundabout on Cambridge Road and Churchill Way in the Hertfordshire town of Broxbourne, where there have been 102 accidents.

Most of the list is made up of roundabouts found in London, such as the one near Redbridge tube station in the north-east of the capital.

This has been the site of 99 crashes during the period covered by the research.

The only other roundabout not found in London to feature on the list is in North East Derbyshire close to Heath Interchange.

With some 74 accidents taking place here, this stretch of road is the tenth most dangerous in Britain, according to the analysis.

In total, there were 14,324 road accidents on roundabouts in Britain throughout the whole of 2015.

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This is a drop on the 15,209 recorded in 2014, but an increase from 2013, when there were 14,235.

Separate figures released by the Department for Transport found that the number of fatalities on the roads fell to its second lowest level last year.

According to the data, 1,732 people lost their lives in road traffic accidents in 2015, a drop of around 45% compared to 2006 and 2% lower than 2014.

In a bid to improve road safety, the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency recently announced it would be making changes to the practical driving test so that it is more reflective of modern driving.

As part of the proposed changes, drivers will be given vehicle safety questions while they are driving the vehicle.

These could include being asked to operate the windscreen washers and wipers or turning on the rear heated screen.

A consultation on the proposals was due to close on Thursday August 25.

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