INRIX reports on Covid’s safety impact on the country’s roads

New data from traffic data analysts INRIX suggests major roads around seven key British cities have seen significantly fewer collisions this year when compared to the same period in 2019.

it says across the cities analysed, collisions are down 36% for the April to October period

Across the UK’s cities, Birmingham has seen the smallest reduction in collisions on its roads, down just 24% versus the same period in 2019. The number of incidents on the A5 and A456 have actually increased since the start of the first lockdown, with collisions on the A5 rising by 11% when compared to April-October 2019, and a 23% increase in collisions on the A456.

In contrast, Cardiff saw the greatest change, with collisions dropping 49% and also it also saw the most significant change in vehicle miles travelled with the total dropping by 39%. Glasgow’s miles reduced the least at 28% down. Birmingham, Belfast and London all recorded 32% drops compared to last year.

A closer look at London shows a 35% drop in collisions from April to October compared to 2019. But across the capital’s roads, traffic and collision volumes vary significantly. Four roads (the A21, A2, A140 and M40) saw less than a 20% reduction in collisions, while three roads, the M1, A14 and M23, saw more than a 50% decrease in collisions and all three were in the top five roads with the lowest collisions across the UK.

Compared to major European cities, London’s percentage fall in collisions was almost the same as Paris and roughly double that of Berlin, which only saw an 18% reduction. However it was significantly lower than Madrid or Milan.

(Picture – Yay Images)


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