§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many accidents have occurred on the A6 between Bedford and the Northampton border in the last two years involving vehicles and cycles, giving details of the number of fatalities, the number injured, and the cause of the accidents; and what steps he proposes to take to make this stretch of road safer for motorists and pedestrians.
§ Mr. Speed
Following are the figures:
1971 1972* All injury accidents involving motor vehicles or cycles 25 26 Fatalities 0 2 Serious Injuries 10 16 Slight Injuries 20 36 * 1st January to 22nd November only.
Information on the cause of these accidents is not readily available. In general this is considered to be a good stretch of road in relation to the volume of traffic it bears and the number of accidents per mile is below the national average for trunk roads. However, work is scheduled to start in the financial year 1973–74 on an £80,000 scheme to improve a 550-yard length north of the Sharnbrook crossroads.