News from Brake
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Brake, the road safety charity, has published a report on road safety and sustainability on England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN). This report is timely, published ahead of the funding decision on Highways England’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) for 2020 , and sets out Brake’s view of the urgent need for prioritisation of safety and sustainability on the SRN.
The report makes ten recommendations for RIS2, including:
- RIS2 must have safety and the environment as ‘equal first’ priorities. Funding must be centred around the needs to stop casualties and have clean air.
- RIS2 can expedite the establishment of an independent road collision investigation branch.
- RIS2 must provide comprehensive funding for enforcement. Traffic enforcement tackles many causes of road casualties.
Commenting on the publication, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “Roads investment decisions affect us all; every death on our roads is a preventable tragedy and the environmental impacts of roads reach far and wide. The second Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2) is a huge opportunity to shift the dial on UK road safety and sustainability, with billions of pounds of investment to be allocated, so it is vital that the right choices are made. Brake wants to see safety and sustainability as equal first priorities for our strategic roads and we urge Highways England to listen and take on board the recommendations detailed in this important report.”
Notes to editors
Brake report on Road safety and sustainability on England’s Strategic Road Network available online here.
 The first Road investment strategy (RIS1) covered investment in England’s motorways and major roads (the ‘Strategic Road Network’) during the 2015 to 2020 road period. This was the initial step in a long-term programme to improve England’s motorways and major roads. The process is repeatable and work is now underway to develop the second RIS — known as RIS2 — covering the second road period post 2020. The second RIS (RIS2) will cover the financial years 2020/21 to 2024/25.
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.