Report shows crashes on Hampshire motorways and A-roads cost £631m

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CRASHES on motorways and A-roads in Hampshire cost the county’s economy more than £600m over three years.

Figures collected by the Road Safety Foundation found that crashes on motorways and A-roads in Hampshire cost £631m between 2011 and 2013.

Hampshire was the highest of just four areas where the total cost was more than £500,000. It was followed by Kent (£554m), Lancashire (£544m) and Essex (£530m).

The figures were based on a number of factors such as the response from the emergency services and insurance claims.

Caroline Moore, author of the report called How Much Do Road Crashes Cost Where You Live? asked for a greater focus on improving safety on single-carriageway routes.

The report found that Hampshire had the second highest persistently risky road which is a four-mile stretch of the A36 in Totton.