Recent bad weather blamed for the deterioration of county’s roads

Research by the BBC Shared Data Unit has revealed that potholes are blighting almost 155 miles of roads in the county.

Using the data, the Northants Telegraph reported that 145 miles of B and C roads are said to be in a state of disrepair compared to just 9.3 miles of the county’s A roads.

In 2009/10 four per cent of A-roads were in a poor condition and seven per cent of B and C roads were badly damaged, compared to three and six per cent now

Figures released by the car servicing and repair company Kwik Fit show motorists claimed £915 million for pothole damage to their cars in 2016/17.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Before the cold snap the condition of many local roads was on a knife edge with many councils struggling to fix our roads properly. But now, as a result of the ‘Beast from the East’ some local roads will have deteriorated even further, possibly to the point that they represent a serious risk to the safety of users.

“Local roads across Britain are suffering from years of underinvestment, which is why the RAC believes the Government, as a matter of urgency, needs to look at the issue from a long-term point of view. This means identifying a funding strategy to address both prevention and cure, and give local authorities certainty of funding so they are able to plan ahead.”

Potholes can be reported via the county council’s Street Doctor service: https://bit.ly/2pQKqd5

 

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