Fastest roads in Britain

Britain's fastest road
17 Aug, 2012 9:57am Julie Sinclair

The UK's fastest roads have been named, and 70 per cent of them are A-roads not motorways

Britain's fastest roads have been named and shamed – and 70 per cent of them are not motorways.

The A27 Arundel Road in Binsted, West Sussex, has the dubious honour of taking the number one slot in our top 10 league table – after one motorcyclist was caught speeding at 152mph last year.

The police data, supplied to insurer Liverpool Victoria (LV=) following a Freedom of Information request, reveals that the UK’s second fastest road is the A90 from Dundee to Aberdeen in Scotland, 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 – the period over which all the data was gathered.

The south of England and Scotland dominate the table, in fact, accounting for the roads occupying the top five places. LV= managing director John O’Roarke said: “All motorists share a responsibility to other road users, and driving at high speeds dramatically increases the chance of failing to react quickly enough in an emergency.

“These motorists need to realise Britain’s roads are not race tracks, and driving at such high speeds is very dangerous.”

Speed (mph) Road
1 152 A27 Arundel Road, Binstead, W Sussex
2 149 A90 Dundee to Aberdeen (pictured)
3 144 A303 Cartgate, Somerset
4 142 M40 J2-4, Buckinghamshire
5 141 A90 Dundee to Aberdeen
6= 139 A690 West Rainton, Co. Durham
6= 139 A435 Hollywood towards Birmingham
6= 139 A90 Dundee to Aberdeen
7= 138 M6 at Brunthwaite, Cumbria
7= 138 M1 Northbound near Ratby, Leics
8 137 M65, Burnley, Lancashire
9 134 A27 West Ashling, Chichester, W Sussex
10= 133 M1 Southbound, Swinford, Leics
10= 133 A47 Tilney All Saints, Norfolk