15 years will be needed to bring North Somerset’s roads to ‘good’ standard
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 April 2017
Results of a new South West road condition survey ‘do not reflect North Somerset’, according to one of the district’s councillors, after statistics showed it would take 15 years for roads in the region to be in a good condition.
The latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey has been released and it revealed it would take 15 years to fill all the potholes in the South West and ensure the roads are in a good condition.
However, North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways Elfan Ap Rees told the Mercury it is impossible to fill all the potholes, no matter where you are in the country.
He said: “I think it is rather a facetious comment to be honest as you can’t ever fill all the potholes.
“Potholes in roads will come and go depending on the weather. What I can say in North Somerset is that we are well above the national average.
“There are obviously costs involved but what we don’t do is just try and fill potholes, we try to resurface roads as that is much more cost effective.
“People will see we are closing roads like Locking Moor Road, for example, to resurface, which means roads overall will be in a better condition.”
In the past year, North Somerset Council has repaired close to 21,000 potholes, with more than 6,000 repaired last month alone.
The council also revealed the percentage of roads which ‘should be considered for maintenance’ is lower than the national average.
According to the latest Department For Transport figures, two per cent of the district’s A-roads have been given this grading, compared to the national average of three per cent.
A spokesman for the council added: “The condition of roads in North Somerset is comparable with other areas.
“We remain committed to investing in roads and improving the condition of our 1,100km network.
“As well as repairing potholes we take a proactive whole-life approach to roads, making sure that wherever possible preventative work is carried out to extend the life of a road surface before potholes start to form.”
In response to the survey, Cllr Mike Bell has called on the Government to ensure local authorities are given enough money to make sure these repairs can take place.
He said: “The number one complaint from residents in my postbag is potholes in roads and pavements.
“Poor surfaces make roads and pavements unsafe, cause damage to vehicles and injuries to people.
“It’s pretty shocking that it will take 15 years to bring roads up to standard.
“I find it incredible that the Government can find more than £50billion to cut a few minutes journey time off London to Manchester – but cannot fund the most basic road and pavement maintenance.”
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