A new poll has highlighted the general dissatisfaction with the state of UK roads.
On National Pothole Day – 15 January – the poll revealed that almost half of residents in the UK believe the state of repair on UK roads is now at ‘crisis’ point.
The poll has been conducted by YouGov for Re-flow, and findings include the revelation that 50% of the population in some parts of the country believing we have now hit a crisis point.
The fifth annual National Pothole Day helped to direct focus on the poor state of the local road network, and this survey highlighted the “critical” need to address the decaying road network in the UK.
Local authorities must do more when it is considered that 42% of the population believe the state of repair of the UK road network is now at crisis point; in London, only 32% think this, but in the East of England, that figure rises to half of the population.
When residents were asked whether they think the bad condition of roads – potholes, poor drainage, cracks – constitutes a national emergency – almost a third of the population (31%) said the believe this to be the case.
Once again, the figure in London is lower (24%), but when other areas of the UK were canvassed, such as the West Midlands, this figure rose to 36%.
The level of funding for different regions can be looked at, and London receives more than other areas; however, the highways sector has pointed to other ways in which the state of roads could be managed better, with utilising better project management methods, better scheduling of projects, and improvement in construction methods all high on the agenda.
Mike Saunders, Managing Director of Re-flow, believes more needs to be done to make the most of funding, “as a sustained lack of investment is set to continue in the foreseeable future.”