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The worst road in Scotland.

A SCENIC Highland road has been classified as the most dangerous in Scotland.

ITV programme Police, Camera, Action! has branded the A99 Latheron to Wick route as the most likely to bring a fatality.

The programme worked with the Euro road safety organisation EuroRAP to compare the number of serious injuries with the volume of traffic.

The worst road in the UK was highlighted as the A537 Macclesfield to Buxton road in the Peak District, with the A99 in clear second place .

The single-lane A537, known as the "Cat and Fiddle" after the pub at the summit, has had 250 fatal or serious accidents for every billion kilometres travelled on it.

The long curving bends make it afavourite for motorcyclists.

EuroRAP gave the A537 a black (high) risk rating, meaning drivers are up to 30 times more likely to be killed or injured on that stretch of road than a lower (green) risk road.

Most of Britain's motorways fall into the green classification.

The A99, which links Wick to the A9, was given a rating of 209.26 accidents for every billion kilometres of travel.

Police, Camera, Action! said 40 per cent of drivers surveyed by EuroRAP believed motorways or dual carriageways to be Britain's most dangerous types of road.

In reality, statistics show that drivers are three times more likely to be killed on a rural road than any other.

The M621 in West Yorkshire was named Britain's most dangerous motorway.

But that road did not make it to the top spot in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

EuroRAP say the average risk rate for A roads is 53.04, while the average for motorways is 11.06.
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