Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today revealed the most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland as new figures showed that serious and fatal accidents on roads managed directly by the Scottish Government have increased year on year since 2013.
The five most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland are the A90, the A9, the A96, A82 and the A85.
Figures revealed through Parliamentary Questions have shown that on average a serious or fatal accident happened nearly every day on Scotland’s trunk roads since 2013.
The A90, which isn’t due for another upgrade until 2026, was revealed to have a serious or fatal accident on average every 10 days, with 113 such accidents since 2013. The A9 averaged a serious or fatal accident every 16 days and the A96 saw a serious or fatal accident every 18 days.
Commenting, Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“Most families rely on their cars to get around and we need to ensure that we do what we can to make our roads as safe as possible. These figures demonstrate clearly that the Scottish Government still has a huge amount of work to do to boost safety on the trunk roads that are directly under their control.
“Since 2013 we have seen year on year increases in the number of serious or fatal accidents on trunk roads under the management of the Scottish Government. We have also seen transport infrastructure projects that have already been budgeted for and announced with great fanfare being dragged out and delayed.
“Our emergency services do fantastic, life-saving work responding to accidents as they happen but they need the government back them up too.
“Clearly, major infrastructure projects take time. But we have already been waiting for years to see improvements to roads like the A96. The SNP came into government in 2007 pledging urgent action to improve these trunk roads but next to nothing has happened.”