Road conditions in England to March 2022, published by the Department for Transport (DfT), provides information on the condition of roads in England, covering surface condition, skidding resistance and highway maintenance treatments and expenditure.
The DfT said the proportion of roads that should be considered for maintenance for the year ending March 2022 was largely unchanged from the previous 12 months.
Local authorities reported that the proportion of A roads with a red rating, meaning they should have been considered for maintenance, was 4%, unchanged for the past three years. A further 24% had an amber rating, meaning ‘maintenance may be required soon’.
The percentage of B and C classified roads with a red rating was 6%, unchanged for the past six years. A further 28% had an amber rating.
Head of Roads Policy at the AA, Jack Cousens, said: ‘Local roads are at great risk of becoming dangerous and need significant invest to make them safe. Smooth roads also encourage people to cycle more, which would help reach our net zero targets.
‘Our local roads cannot take another round of cuts. The prime minister and chancellor should avoid slashing local road investment later this month.’
In the year ending March 2022, 5.8% of the local A road network (excluding motorways) and 2.7% of local minor roads (B, C and unclassified) received maintenance treatments – a slight increase on the previous year for ‘A’ roads and a slight decrease for minor roads.
Surface dressing accounted for 59% of all treatments on local A roads and 70% on minor roads.
This article first appeared on Highways.