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Fastest road in Britain revealed

Press release: 05/08/2012

  • The A27 Arundel Road in Binsted, West Sussex has been named Britain's fastest road

  • The second fastest is the A90 in Scotland on the Dundee to Aberdeen road

  • The South of England and Scotland dominate the list of the fastest roads in the British Isles, making up the top five places

  • Seven of the ten fastest roads are not motorways


The fastest road in Britain covers the stretch between the Sussex towns of Arundel and Chichester, it was revealed today.

According to freedom of information data obtained by LV= car insurance, the A27 Arundel Road in Binsted, West Sussex has been named Britain's fastest road after a motorcyclist was caught speeding at 152mph last year.

The second fastest road is the A90 in Scotland on the Dundee to Aberdeen road, despite it being notorious for speed cameras. Tayside Police recorded speeds as high as 139mph, 141mph and 149mph in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.

In 2010, Avon & Somerset Police caught a driver along the A303 Cartgate in Somerset speeding at 144mph, making it the third fastest road in Britain. Fourth is the M40 J2-4 where a motorist was caught driving at 142mph by Thames Valley Police.

The findings, which were compiled using freedom of information Police data, shows the fastest recorded speeds and their corresponding roads in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. The South of England and Scotland dominate the list of the fastest roads in the British Isles, taking the top five spots.

The top 10 also includes the A690 in West Rainton, Durham (139mph); the A435 Hollywood toward Birmingham road (139mph); the M6 Motorway at Brunthwaite, Cumbria (138mph); the M1 northbound near Ratby, Leicestershire (138mph); the M65, near Burnley, Lancashire (137mph); the A27 in West Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex (134 mph); the M1 Southbound, Swinford, Leicestershire (133 mph) and the A47 Tilney, Norfolk (133mph).

According to the data, the number of motorists caught speeding increased last year with the total number of offences up by 6% compared to the prior year.

John O'Roarke, managing director of LV= car insurance, said "All motorists share a responsibility to other road users and driving at high speeds dramatically increases the chance of failing to react quick enough in an emergency. There is a significant difference between those drivers who are a few miles over the limit and those who are driving dangerously at breakneck-speeds. These motorists need to realise Britain's roads are not race tracks and driving at such high speeds is very dangerous."

Top 20 Fastest Speeds on Roads 2009 - 2011

Rank

Speed

Location

Police force

Year

1

152 mph

A27 Arundel Road, Binstead West Sussex

Sussex Police

2011

2

149 mph

A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road

Tayside Police

2011

3

144 mph

A303 Cartgate, Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police

2010

4

142 mph

M40 J2-4

Thames Valley Police

2011

5

141 mph

A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road

Tayside Police

2010

6=

139 mph

A690 West Rainton

Durham Constabulary

2011

6=

139 mph

A435 Hollywood toward Birmingham

West Mercia Police

2009

6=

139 mph

A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road

Tayside Police

2009

7=

138 mph

M6 Motorway at Brunthwaite

Cumbria Constabulary

2009

7=

138 mph

M1 northbound near Ratby

Leicestershire Constabulary

2009

8

137 mph

M65, Burnley

Lancashire Constabulary

2011

9

134 mph

A27 West Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex

Sussex Police

2009

10=

133 mph

M1 Southbound, Swinford

Leicestershire Constabulary

2011

10=

133 mph

A47 Tilney All Saints

Norfolk Constabulary

2011

11

132 mph

A6 Burton Latimer

Northamptonshire Police

2011

12=

130 mph

M6 motorway at Tebay

Cumbria Constabulary

2010

12=

130 mph

A4146 Leighton Buzzard

Thames Valley Police

2009

13=

129 mph

A11 Ketteringham

Norfolk Constabulary

2009

13=

129 mph

A3 (S) Esher Bypass, Claygate

Surrey Police

2009

14=

128 mph

A69 Melkridge

Northumbria Police

2011

14=

128 mph

A47 West Walton

Norfolk Constabulary

2010

14=

128 mph

A140 Coddenham

Suffolk Constabulary

2010

15

127 mph

A303

Hampshire Constabulary

2009

16=

126 mph

A3 (N) Esher Bypass, Hook

Surrey Police

2010

16=

126 mph

M6 Samlesbury

Lancashire Constabulary

2009

17

125 mph

M6, Fulwood

Lancashire Constabulary

2010

18

124 mph

M6 Motorway at Floriston

Cumbria Constabulary

2011

19

123 mph

A435 Hollywood toward Redditch

West Mercia Police

2010

20=

122 mph

M1 nr Newport Pagnell

Thames Valley Police

2010

20=

122 mph

A46 Swainswick by-pass, Bath

Avon and Somerset Police

2011

20=

122 mph

A31

Hampshire Constabulary

2011



Notes

All 51 police forces in the UK were asked a number of FOI speeding questions including the highest speed recorded in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the number of speeders caught and the speeds recorded over the past two years. Following this, an additional FOI request was sent out to the 20 police constabularies who recorded the highest speeds over the last three years, asking them to provide information regarding the road on which this speed was recorded for each year (2009, 2010, 2011).

In addition to this consumer research was conducted by ICM research. ICM questioned 2,032 drivers during March 2012.

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