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Long-term funding required to improve council roads, says IAM

  • 01 June 2012
  • By Chris Druce

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called on the government to commit to long-term funding of the road network, as new figures show the condition of council roads failed to improve between 2008 to 2011.

New Department for Transport data shows that during the last four years the condition of council roads has remained largely unchanged, with 70% of road surface area in each councils’ jurisdiction classified as  generally good in condition throughout the period.

Throughout the past four years, a quarter of council roads remained classified as needing maintenance in the medium term, with 6% remaining in poor repair and in need of maintenance within a year.

It is this apparent stasis, despite spending of £3.1b on council controlled roads in 2010/11, that IAM has attacked.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM, says: “Under the previous government local authorities 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.

Greig says that while additional money from central government and public outcry about the state of the roads has helped stem the tide, only with a long term funding commitment will councils be able to really start to address the huge backlog of repairs.

The government is currently looking at future funding models for the strategic road network (essentially non-council controlled roads in England) and has committed to publishing a 20-year strategy for the national road network.


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