Council roads are going to pot: IAM
Citing figures published by the DfT, the IAM has concluded that the condition of roads maintained by local authorities did not improve between 2008 and 2011.
The DfT statistical bulletin ‘Road Conditions in England: 2011’ shows that the councils with the highest percentage of main (principal) roads requiring maintenance are Haringey (20%), Camden (17%), Oldham (14%) and Reading (14%).
The councils with the highest percentage of minor (non-principal) roads requiring maintenance are Newham (20%), North Lincolnshire (18%), and Haringey (18%).
Of the 89 councils that provided data, 38% reported that their minor roads deteriorated in 2010/11, 38% said they had remained the same, and 24% reported improvements.
The figures for main roads in the same period were 40% (deteriorated), 38% (the same) and 21% (improved).
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Under the previous Government councils had targets to improve the condition of their roads. While the old system of road maintenance targets wasn’t perfect, the effect of the coalition scrapping these targets is evident in certain areas.
“Extra central Government money following recent bad winters and the public outcry over the state of the roads has helped to stem the tide, but only when we have a commitment to long term funding can councils really start to address the huge backlog of repairs.
“Poor road conditions damage vehicles, and are especially dangerous to cyclists and motorcyclists who can be easily thrown off course by potholes. They also put all road users at risk, as drivers take evasive action to avoid hitting them.”
For more information contact the IAM on 020 8996 9777.