Recent data released by the Department of transport shows that nearly one third of all ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads located in England are in need of repair and maintenance. The information comes after AA reported of their analysis showcasing exactly how some of the roads are being kept.
The area with the most affected roads is in Derbyshire, run by Derbyshire Council. Nearly 25% of all roads in the B and C categories in the area require repair. Other notable areas that require extensive repair include Southend on Sea, Essex, which has roughly 18% of all roads requiring repair and Derby in Shropshire with 13% of all roads requiring repair.
It’s thought that these unclassified roads make up approximately 60% of all the roads that are maintained by a local Council and it is frequently reported that B and C roads are the most overlooked at the same time. Analysis from the AA found that of these unclassified roads, 15% are in the worst category possible for physical condition and are in dire need of repair and maintenance.
Jack Cousens, the Head of Roads Policy for the AA, has spoken out on the incident, saying that “our local roads cannot take another round of cuts”.
The data available regarding this subject came soon after the announcement made by the Prime Minister and Chancellor that the fiscal statement is due soon and there is a lot of speculation about recent public spending cuts.
The AA warned the Government that slashing the funding for road maintenance was something that would be done at the detriment of all parties, as these roads are needed for safe and normal travel.
Speaking once again on the subject, Jack Cousens had this to say:
“Roads across the country are in an awful state and in winter the plague of potholes will only spread. Localroads are at great risk of becoming dangerous and need a significant investment to make them safe. Smooth roads also encourage people to cycle more which would help reach our Net Zero target.
Our local roads cannot take another round of cuts. The Prime Minister and Chancellor should avoid slashing local road investment.”
Critical support is needed for the many roads that are used all the time in the UK to eliminate further issues faced for drivers throughout the country