Safety improves on Daventry roads... except A361

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Safety on major routes through the district has improved on all except one road, according to a campaign group.

The Road Safety Foundation published its latest annual report into how safe A-roads and motorways are across the UK.

This year in the Daventry area, only the A361 between Kilsby and Banbury, and the A5199 from Welford to Northampton, are rated as a ‘medium risk road’ due to the number of collisions and crashes.

All other A-roads in the district are rated as ‘low to medium’ risk, except the M1 which receives the rating of ‘low risk/safest’. That compares to last year when every major road in and out of Daventry – the A45 towards both Rugby and Weedon, the A425 to Southam, and the A361 – were declared medium risk roads.

The A361 has long been declared a ‘red route’ by Northamptonshire County Council, which has taken several steps to improve safety, including dropping the speed limit along much of the road between Daventry and Banbury, and implementing a 40mph limit at the bends near Ashby St Ledgers.

However, only last week the Daventry Express reported on a hit and run incident in Byfield on the A361, where a 13-year-old girl was left with a broken ankle.