Highways hit back over A285 - Petworth to Chichester - Road Safety report

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SAFETY measures introduced on the A285 between Chichester and Petworth have helped more than halve the number of serious accidents in the past two years.

This is the claim of West Sussex County Council following the publishing of a Road Safety Foundation report describing the 12 mile route as ‘persistently the highest risk road in Britain’ from 2007 to 2012.

The foundation proposed a number of measures to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the road which it said could save 45 lives and serious injuries over the next 20 years.

Describing the road as a ‘challenge’ for the county council the report gave only 15 per cent of the A285 the desired three star rating for vehicle occupant and motorcyclist safety.

But the authority has hit back saying a number of improvements have already been introduced to make it safer for motorists and motorcyclists including safety schemes to help or warn drivers at higher risk locations.

“Early indications show these measures are having a positive effect on road safety, with the number of serious accidents falling from ten in 2013 to four in 2014,” said a WSCC spokesman