A SECTION of the A38 in Somerset road has been described as the "most improved road" in the South West.

Motor insurer Ageas based its decision on the A38 between Junctions 22 and 24 of the M5 on analysis from the Road Safety Foundation.

It claims the road has seen has seen a 70 per cent decrease in crashes following the implementation of a number of measures, including improvements to cycling crossing facilities and a reduced speed limit.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Andy Watson, chief executive of Ageas Insurance, said: “It’s unacceptable that road crashes continue to cost lives.

"It’s also shocking that they cost society £35 billion each year – that’s nearly two per cent of GDP and more than we spend on primary education and GP services combined.

“It’s reassuring to see that drivers who use the A38 are experiencing a reduced risk of death or serious injury on this road.

"We deal with the devastating aftermaths of serious road crashes every day.

"That’s why we’re calling for this investment. Infrastructure safety means much more than just filling in potholes.

"A reduction in crashes won’t just save lives – it’ll significantly benefit the economy. Fewer crashes mean fewer insurance claims – and also mean a saving of £23.2 million that we can pass onto our policy holders.”

Check out the interactive map here to see how the roads in our area are classified - and see which are the most dangerous ones in the country.