Ambergate A6 is named as a hotspot route for accidents

Speed Reduction: Local authorities are considering reducing the speed limit on rural roads from 60mph to 40mph, like here on the A621 Baslow to Totley road after a series of fatal collisions in the county.
Speed Reduction: Local authorities are considering reducing the speed limit on rural roads from 60mph to 40mph, like here on the A621 Baslow to Totley road after a series of fatal collisions in the county.

Speed limits along some rural routes in Derbyshire could be lowered after a rise in road deaths in the county, it has emerged.

Last year the number of people killed or badly hurt on the Derbyshire’s roads rose by 2.9 per cent – with almost a fifth of road crashes were people were injured involving speed.

Department for Transport figures show that 66 per cent of road deaths in the country took place on rural roads – sparking calls for 60mph limits on such roads to be cut to 40mph.

Thirty-five people were killed in Derbyshire in 2011, compared to 20 in 2010,which is more than three times the national average of ten.

Latest data also shows casualties on the county’s roads rose to 2,836 compared to the national average of 1,195.

One road among those declared hotspots was the A6 from Ambergate to Buxton.

A spokesperson for Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership said: “We’re saddened by the fact that the number of people killed or badly hurt on our roads rose by 2.9 per cent last year. We work hard to cut the number of deaths and injuries on our roads but we know we’ve still got work to do.”

Under government plans a reduction to 40mph should also be considered where there is “substantial development” or where there are “a considerable number” of horse-riders, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Derbyshire has five of the top ten most dangerous roads in the country, according to the European Road Assessment Programme which named the A537 near Buxton as the most dangerous in the UK.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said the government was set to update speed limit guidance by the end of this year and the authority would respond to this.