Do you happen to live on a pot hole filled road? Is driving home a nightmare? The Department of Transport have found that you may not be alone!
While having great and effective driving skills are all important for getting around. The smoothness of a drive can also be down to the surface of the road too. Driving over a pot holed and uneven road can be a challenge for even the most expert of drivers. Although local councils are the ones in charge of dealing with the problems, it’s natural that the occasional pot hole or damage to the road’s surface is left out on the main road.
Well know it’s been found that London itself has the poorest main road surfaces, this new light has been shed through new Government figures. It’s been found that as much as 12% of larger damaged and worn down ‘A’ roads in London were not given the proper repair they needed for the 2013/2014 period.
The Department for Transport recently released these figures that also highlighted a number of other important facts about our roads. The problem in London seemed to far outweigh the pothole issues in other parts of the country. Some London local authorities had reported that more than 20% of their main roads had not had the necessary maintenance they so needed. So why are the City’s roads in a worse state than we all realised? Could it be the effects of over population concertrated in such a small area? It’s no surprise that city streets will naturally suffer more wear and tear due to usage.
The Department for Transport also covered the rest of England’s road in the study. Although it was found that 8% of local-authority run principal ‘A’ roads were kept maintained as and when needed, a further 4% “should have also ‘looked into’ and repaired. In other words, the surface of these roads needed work done, but they were in many instances overlooked for some reason.
However, this may also sound a little gloomy to begin with, but this do seem to be getting a little better over time. The 8% for work done on A roads is a slight increase on the 6.5% carried out back in 2012/13. Even though the 4% of ‘outstanding’ work remained the same.
Getting the road surface right is something that is essential to health and safety as well as the quality of our roads. Larger roads naturally mean faster speeds in so many cases. The larger ‘A’ roads are the perfect example of this. Everything fro skidding, the direction of the vehicle as well as stopping distances can be affected by the presence of pot holes and other road surface damage.
AA president Edmund King said about the findings: “On one level it’s a relief that the condition of England’s local A roads have remained the same since the previous year. However unclassified roads are in a pretty dire state with 18% needing work. AA patrols have reported more motorway defects. There seems to be a trend whereby motorway potholes are ‘saved up’ until there is a stretch that needs repairing rather than individual defects.”