Celebrating royal recognition for the Safer Roads Fund08 Mar 2022

The RAC Foundation and the Road Safety Foundation have hosted a reception to celebrate winning, along with the Department for Transport, a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for their “fine example of collaboration” and the “outstanding achievement” of the Safer Roads Fund*.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent presented the award. The RAC Foundation’s Steve Gooding, Road Safety Foundation Chair Lord Whitty and Emma Ward, Director General of the Department of Transport welcomed guests from local authorities and National Highways whose roads** were identified for safety improvements through investment from the fund.

In his speech, Prince Michael said:

“We all understand just how important it is to ensure high standard roads for the benefit of the community and the economy to provide roads which are of the highest safety standards is equally important but to do so is expensive. So to have a well-funded, scientifically-based process for determining priorities is essential.”

Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“We were delighted to commission and financially support the Road Safety Foundation to embark on the Safer Roads Pathfinder Project, which quickly made the case for a larger scale Safer Roads Fund. The pathfinder and wider Department for Transport project together represent a significant step change in practice in supporting local authorities to apply a new proactive safe systems approach to risk management on exceptionally high-risk routes. The tools and guidance developed by this project will undoubtedly benefit countries beyond the UK. We are delighted that the scope and impact of this work has been recognised with this award.”

Roads Minister Baroness Vere previously said:

“I was honoured that our Safer Roads Fund won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award at yesterday evening’s event. Despite already having some of the safest roads in the world, a light was shone on all the work being done to make them safer still.

“This fund alone is expected to save nearly 1500 lives over the next twenty years, and we will continue our efforts to save countless more.”

Suzy Charman, Executive Director of the Road Safety Foundation said:

“We look forward to building on the success of the Safer Roads Fund in our work with local authorities, continuing to help deliver the best possible outcomes in making their roads safer.”


A selection of photos from the event are available here:


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About the Safer Roads Fund

*The £100 million Safer Roads Fund was established following a successful pathfinder programme delivered by Road Safety Foundation and commissioned and financially supported by the RAC Foundation and the Department for Transport. The Safer Roads Fund programme focused on treating the 50 highest risk local A road sections** in England with remedial road safety engineering interventions.  Together the Safer Roads Fund schemes are set to prevent around 1,450 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.  The value of prevention for the schemes is £550 million compared with the whole life cost of treatments of £125 million.  The Benefit to Cost ratio for this portfolio of roads is estimated to be 4.4, meaning that for every £1 invested, £4.40 is returned in terms of societal benefit. This demonstrates how road safety interventions can compete favourably with other major transport projects.

The awards recognise achievements and innovations which will improve road safety. Established by HRH Prince Michael of Kent in 1987 and organised by RoadSafe, each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme.  www.roadsafetyawards.com

Reactions to this Award

In a letter to Dr Suzy Charman, Executive Director of the Road Safety Foundation, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent said:

“I was delighted when the Westminster Government announced the Safer Roads Fund. The importance of sound investment at local level will provide many long-overdue improvements, not just in the 50 most dangerous stretches of ‘A’ roads in England, but elsewhere too. The innovative approach which the fund has triggered by bringing new methodologies to so many local authorities is indeed a step-change in practice and a huge stimulus to deploying a Safe Systems approaches by many roads authorities.”

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:

“Our Safer Roads Fund has been recognised for its life saving work. It was designed to prevent thousands of tragedies on our roads, and the Department will continue to work tirelessly on this priority as we move forward.”

Dr Suzy Charman, Executive Director of the Road Safety Foundation said:

“The DfT’s investment in the Safer Roads Fund is recognised with this award and we hope that the fund will be replicated both here in UK and overseas.  We share this award with the RAC Foundation whose initial support allowed us to undertake the pathfinder project that was a catalyst to the Safer Roads Fund, and of course we also share the award with our local authority partners who worked hard to design and implement their schemes.”

The Road Safety Foundation is a UK charity, founded in 1986, that aims to help reduce road trauma through employing the Safe System philosophy by:

  • Identifying investment packages likely to give high returns and analysing the safety performance of roads over time.
  • Providing the approach, tools and training necessary to support road authorities in taking a proactive approach to road risk reduction.
  • Undertaking research to progress knowledge and policy.

Over the last 20 years, the charity has maintained a particular focus on safer road infrastructure through the establishment of the European Road Assessment Programme and the development of the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and its protocols for measuring infrastructure safety. The RSF is responsible for supporting the Road Assessment Programme in the United Kingdom, and its work serves as a model of what can be achieved, with key research and innovation being replicated in RAP programmes across the world.

Recently, the charity has:

  • Supported DfT’s Safer Roads Fund carrying out surveys of the 50 highest risk local ‘A’ roads in England, training local authorities, and modelling the impact of schemes that together made the £100 million investment portfolio
  • Provided support and technical insight to Highways England in their SRN-wide iRAP initiative
  • Undertaken an independent review for the Office of Rail and Road into how Highways England prioritises investments to improve safety outcomes on the strategic road network
  • Led the Older Drivers Task Force report with government support to develop the national Older Driver Strategy Supporting Safe Driving into Old Age

For more information and our full library visit roadsafetyfoundation.org

Find Road Safety Foundation on social media: The Road Safety Foundation is a UK charity advocating road casualty reduction through simultaneous action on all three components of the safe road system: roads, vehicles and behaviour.

For more information visit www.roadsafetyfoundation.org @SafeRoadDesign

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation which explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

In 2020, the Foundation published more than 20 major pieces of research and analytical work, conducted both in-house and by external experts, and responded to several consultations.

For more details of the work carried out by the RAC Foundation please visit www.racfoundation.org.

Two reports of the results of the Safer Roads Fund are available here: https://roadsafetyfoundation.org/project/safer-roads-fund/.

Area Road Detail Local authority (for longest part of link)
North East A67: A66 Bowes – Barnard Castle Durham CC
North East A1290: A182 Usworth – A19 West Bolden Sunderland BC
North West A588: Lancaster – Skippool A585 Lancashire CC
North West A683: Lancaster – A65 Kirkby Lonsdale Lancashire CC
North West A670: Ashton-under-Lyne – A62 Oldham Met BC
North West A532: Woolstanwood A530 – Crewe Green Cheshire CC
North West A6: Lancaster – M6 J33 Lancashire CC
North West A529: Market Drayton A53 – Audlem A525 Cumbria CC
North West A536: Lower Heath A34 – Macclesfield Cheshire CC
North West A682: Barrowford – A65 Long Preston Lancashire CC
North West A57: M62 J7 – Lingley Green St Helens Met BC
North West A581: A59 Nr Rufford – A49 Euxton Lancashire CC
North West A537: Macclesfield – A54 Nr Buxton Cheshire CC
Yorkshire and Humber A6033: Hebden Bridge – Cross Roads Calderdale Met BC
Yorkshire and Humber A161: Goole – Ealand East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Yorkshire and Humber A167: Topcliffe – A61 Carlton Miniott North Yorkshire CC
Yorkshire and Humber A628: A616 – A629 Penistone Barnsley Met BC
Yorkshire and Humber A6033: Hebden Bridge – Littleborough Calderdale Met BC
Yorkshire and Humber A161: M180 J2 – Beckingham North Lincolnshire Council
Yorkshire and Humber A6108: Ripon – Scotch Corner North Yorkshire CC
Yorkshire and Humber A18: Laceby A46 – Ludborough A16 North East Lincolnshire Council
East Midlands A619: Bakewell – Baslow Derbyshire CC
East Midlands A1084: Brigg – Caistor Lincolnshire CC
East Midlands A631: Bishopbridge A631 – Market Rasen Lincolnshire CC
East Midlands A631: Market Rasen – Louth A16 Lincolnshire CC
East Midlands A634: Maltby – Blyth Nottinghamshire CC
East Midlands A361: Kilsby A5 – Daventry Northamptonshire CC
East Midlands A5012: A515 – A6 Cromford Derbyshire CC
East Midlands A5004: Buxton – Whaley Bridge Derbyshire CC
West Midlands A529: Market Drayton A53 – Audlem A525 Shropshire CC
West Midlands A529: Hinstock A41 – Market Drayton A53 Shropshire CC
East of England A1303 Stowe cum Quy – Newmarket Bypass Cambridgeshire CC
East of England A126: Lakeside A13 – Tilbury Thurrock BC
South of England A285: Petworth A272 – Boxgrove A27 West Sussex CC
South of England A252: Charing A20 – Chilham A28 Kent CC
South of England A27: Fareham – Cosham M275 Hampshire CC
South of England A40: Stokenchurch M40 – West Wycombe Buckinghamshire CC
South of England A32: Fareham A27 – Gosport Hampshire CC
South of England A361: Banbury – Chipping Norton A44 Oxfordshire CC
South of England A290: Canterbury A28 – Seasalter A229 Kent CC
South of England A217: Reigate A25 – Gatwick A23 Surrey CC
South of England A36: Wigley A36 – Totton A35 Hampshire CC
South of England A4: Bath Road M4 J7 – M4 J5 Slough BC
South West A371: Weston-super-Mare A370 – Banwell North Somerset Council
South West A4173: Gloucester A38 – Pitchcombe A46 Gloucestershire CC
South West A3121: Ermington A379 – Wrangaton A38 Devon CC
South West A3071: St Just – Penzance A30 Cornwall CC
South West A3058: Quintrell Downs – Summercourt A30 Cornwall CC
South West A3123: Mullacott Cross A361 – A399 Devon CC