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Breaking News ! Bracknell Forest has the safest roads in England - new figures suggest. A total of 131 people were killed or injured on roads in the area between 2015 and 2019 - around 106.9 casualties per 100,000 people. Bracknell Forest had the lowest number of road casualties anywhere in England - and the seventh fewest in the UK as a whole. Neighbouring areas had far higher rates of casualties, with Hampshire reporting 257.57 per 100,000 people (a total of 3,561) and Surrey having 287.99 (3,844). Roads in Bracknell Forest are characterised by long straight sections that cut through the forest, country roads that connect the villages and streets in Bracknell itself. Of the 131 casualties reported, 85 were injured on single carriageway roads like Nine Mile Ride, and 25 were killed or injured following crashes on dual carriageways, such as the A322, which runs between Bracknell and the M3. Single carriageway roads also link Crowthorne, Warfield, Binfield and Sandhurst to the rest of the area. People between the ages of 24-55 were injured the most in crashes in Bracknell Forest, but four children aged under 16 were also hurt between 2015 and 2019. Sign up for BerkshireLive's newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the BerkshireLive newsletter. Every morning, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories from across the county straight to your inbox. So you won't miss a thing. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all. All you need to do is type your email address into the 'sign up to our newsletter' box - found at the top of this article as well as on any stories on the websites. The figures, published by website U Switch and based on the Department for Transport data, also show Bracknell Forest the safest roads for pedestrians - with just 12 deaths and injuries recorded in the area since 2015. Addressing the figures, Andrew Hunter, Director of Place, Planning and Regeneration and Bracknell Forest Council said: "We continue to focus on improving road safety for all road users and undertake an annual review of police injury accident records to identify where improvements can be made. "We also support road safety education, particularly for younger people, for example through the annual Bikeability cycle training programme." There were a total of 131,369 deaths and injuries on UK roads between 2015 and 2019. Kent had the highest number of casualties in the UK - with Hampshire and Surrey also appearing in the top five. Figures for the rest of Berkshire There were 225 people killed or injured on roads in Reading Borough between 2015 and 2019 - according to the figures. The town had the fifth fewest car driver casualties in the UK over that period - with just 31.
. West Berkshire saw the most people in the county killed or injured in crashes from 2015 to 2019, with 275 casualties in total. Roads in the area are often country lanes linking villages, with the M4 running from Theale to Hungerford. The A34 also runs through West Berkshire, a road which has seen several fatal crashes in recent years. Windsor and Maidenhead had the second highest number of casualties with 269 while Slough tied with Reading with 225. Wokingham had the second fewest casualties in Berkshire, with 200. Berkshire data in full Below, you can find the full data for the number of road casualties between 2015 to 2019 in area of Berkshire. The data includes what the casualty was using (on foot, in a car, cycling or on a motorbike), their age bracket, and what type of road the crash occurred on. You can see data for the whole of the UK on the U Switch website here. Local Authority Total Casualties (KSI) Casualties by 1000 reg. vehicles Casualties per capita (100,000 people) Pedestrian Car (Includes taxis and minibus) Cyclist Motorcycle Under 16 16-24 24-55 55+ One way street Single carriageway Dual carriageway T or staggered junction Roundabout & mini roundabout Private drive or entrance Crossroads Slip road Bracknell Forest 131 1.32 106.90 12 56 21 40 4 20 64 43 1 85 25 27 24 9 9 1 Wokingham 200 1.75 116.88 33 65 37 56 19 35 94 49 3 145 37 57 16 19 10 3 Reading 225 2.93 139.08 78 31 62 46 15 49 107 53 13 155 27 79 37 10 17 3 Windsor and Maidenhead 269 2.77 177.65 51 94 44 73 15 47 134 67 7 187 53 71 26 18 12 5 West Berkshire 275 2.30 173.56 28 127 44 63 12 62 140 54 1 177 79 65 21 13 10 3 Slough 225 0.89 150.46 64 62 33 59 25 35 105 55 3 135 70 66 18 20 28 2
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