The Road Safety Foundation is a UK charity who undertake analysis of the safety of UK roads as part of the European Road Assessment Programme. Their analysis highlights the statistical risk of death or serious injury on the motorway and main A-Road network in the UK by comparing the frequency of road crashes resulting in death and serious injury on every stretch of road with how much traffic each road is carrying. For example, if there are 20 crashes on a road carrying 10,000 vehicles a day, the risk is 10 times higher than if the road has the same number of crashes, but carries 100,000 vehicles.
The output of the analysis is data and mapping for all the motorways and main A-roads in the UK showing their comparative risk. The risk mapping and analysis published by the Road Safety Foundation in November 2016 highlighted that the 9.1 km stretch of the A217 between Reigate and Horley in Surrey was one of the top 50 worst A-routes in the UK for the number of fatal or serious collisions per vehicle kilometre travelled (using data from 2012 to 2014 inclusive).
In November 2016 the Department for Transport announced a £175 million "Safer Roads Fund" for English local authorities to bid for to improve safety specifically on the 50 worst A-routes identified by the Road Safety Foundation. Surrey County Council were therefore invited to submit proposals for the A217 between Reigate and Horley. The bid documents and proposals were submitted on 29 September 2017 and can be viewed below.
In summary the bid includes proposals for the provision of raised rib edge of carriageway markings, central hatching, speed limit reduction, enhanced pedestrian crossing facilities, enhanced central islands, vehicle crash barrier, signalised junction improvements and improved signing and delineation of bends. Together these measures will assist in managing vehicle speeds and reducing the risk and severity of collisions on this key strategic route.
The Department for Transport has now made the funding available for this scheme from 2019/20. We are therefore proceeding with completion of final design work during 2019/20 with a view to implementing the scheme from 2020/21.