Road safety review commissioned around US bases following the death of Harry Dunn

RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

The Transport Secretary has commissioned a review into road safety around US visiting forces bases in the UK following the death of Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire.

In a letter to the Dunn family, seen by the PA news agency, Grant Shapps said the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) has been contracted to carry out the work, beginning with RAF Croughton, where the crash took place.

Harry died when he was hit by a car outside the Northants base

The Northamptonshire base has been at the centre of an international controversy since the US asserted diplomatic immunity for Anne Sacoolas after the death of 19-year-old Mr Dunn in a road crash in August last year.

Lawyers acting on behalf of 43-year-old Sacoolas said she had driven on the "wrong side of the road for 20 seconds" before the crash.

Lawyers for Anne Sacoolas said she had driven on the "wrong side of the road for 20 seconds" before the crash.

Mr Shapps has now instructed the RSF to conduct a review of the roads around all 10 US Visiting Forces bases in England.

The Transport Secretary told the Dunn family there would be inspections of a total of 83 miles of roads covering routes between RAF Croughton and nearby RAF Barford St John in Oxfordshire, with the work beginning this month.

The review will cover roads around 10 US airbases

Under the review, the RSF has been contracted to examine videos of the routes in detail, rate the road, and recommend safety interventions that could lower the risk of the roads.

Inspections will then expand to Cambridgeshire bases RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth, Suffolk bases RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, and Norfolk's RAF Feltwell.

The RSF will complete their inspections at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and RAF Welford in Berkshire, before finishing at RAF Menwith Hill near Harrogate.

We are incredibly grateful to the Secretary of State for getting behind this campaign. He, like us, recognises the risks to life and limb in these road environments outside US bases and is approaching the review of road safety absolutely correctly. We are glad that the Road Safety Foundation are taking the lead on the review and we hope that some good will come from it.

Radd Seiger, Family spokesman