§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Accident rates for the M25 can be readily estimated for the period 19 January to 17 September 1985. This was a continuous period between the opening of new sections of the orbital motorway. The estimated rates are 0.5 fatal., 1.6 serious and 6.8 slight accidents per 100 million vehicle kilometres. The figures for all motorways, in 1984, were 0.5 fatal accidents, 2.8 serious accidents and 9.3 slight accidents per 100 million vehicle kilometres. Direct comparisons between M25 figures and figures for all motorways in 1984 may be misleading. M25 traffic patterns have yet to stabilise and the M25 accidents rates are based upon traffic counts taken on a single day in June 1985.