THE A21 from the north of Hastings to Hurst Green has been shamed as the most dangerous road in the whole of the south east, outside of the M25.

The accident-plagued 22km stretch of road is also the 38th worst in the country out of 883 roads assessed.

The confirmation of just how deathly dangerous the A21 is has come in the AA Foundation for Road Safety Research report.

The black rating for the A21 has been based on the number of fatal and serious accidents between 1997 and 1999 per billion vehicle kilometres.

The 22km of A21 road with a shocking 157 fatal serious accidents in the three year period is one of 90 roads with only one star out of the 883 assessed in the research.

Another short section of the A21, the 30.9km from Pembury to the A229, also has the disgraceful distinction of being rated the third worst in the south east.

It saw 113 fatal and serious during the three years to make it the 88th worst road in the country out of the 883 roads researched.

Blacklisted as the second most dangerous in the south east is a 30.9km stretch of the A259 between Brenzett and Hastings. This is the 58th worst in the country and with 131 fatal or serious accidents

East Sussex County Council said this week that they had for a long time been calling on the Govrenment to invest in improvements in the A21 to make this road both safer and more reliable for journeys.