UK has estimated £10.5bn road repairs backlog.
Researchers have estimated that there are 25,955 to be completed roadworks in the UK which equates to 2,387 miles in length. Figures were revealed by the breakdown service LV=Road Rescue who conducted the research. The company surveyed all 434 city, district, borough and county councils in the UK and estimated how many potholes and road work needed to be tackled. Information was provided by ninety one councils about the number of roadworks in their area, with the unfinished projects in these areas totalling 10,499 which is an average of one hundred and fifteen per council. Of the sixty-two councils that gave information about the length in miles of their outstanding works, the average was eleven miles.
There are some roadwork projects that are still not completed that started over eighteen months ago, Oxford Street in London has had 2,310 works completed in the past five years. Suffolk county council had 1,906 road maintenance projects under way, while Leicestershire county council had 1,250 outstanding schemes and Derby city council 930. In a separate survey of 2,001 motorists carried out in March by LV=, 66% felt road quality in their area was getting worse and 37% said projects were not completed quickly enough. Roadworks were disrupting a third of journeys and adding an average of 12 minutes to travel times. Currently the M5 and the M6 motorways have 50mph sections in very long stretches due to roadworks which have been there for some considerable time and no doubt be continue you to be there for some time yet.
In last month's budget, the chancellor, George Osborne, pledged £340m towards repairing and rebuilding UK infrastructure ravaged by the winter floods and storms, including a £200m fund to fix potholes, but critics said that would help only a small part of the UK's estimated £10.5bn road repairs backlog. Probably better to finish the outstanding jobs before starting new ones we might think?
LV= Road Rescue managing director Peter Horton said "local authorities face a difficult challenge to repair and maintain our roads this year, particularly given the impact of the adverse weather we have seen in recent months. With more cars on the road than ever, it will be hard to carry out roadworks without impacting drivers."
Peter Box, chairman of the Local Government Association's economy and transport board, said "decades of underfunding have trapped councils in an endless cycle of only being able to patch up our road network. We need increased and consistent funding for the widespread resurfacing projects we desperately need if we're ever to see a long-term improvement."