Frustrated motorists face 19,000 sets of ongoing road works

Frustrated motorists face 19,000 sets of ongoing road works

It is highly likely that the delays to your journey this morning were caused by road works and that's because it has just been revealed that around 19,000 different sets of road maintenance projects are currently ongoing.

That astonishing figure adds up to nearly 1,434 miles of torn up Tarmac - almost twice the distance between Land's End and John O'Groats.
In the last five years there have been more than two million roadworks projects started on UK roads, with some councils having thousands of schemes on the go at once.

The figures came from data from more than 80 British local authorities obtained following a request under the Freedom of Information Act from breakdown company Britannia Rescue.

A survey by the company also showed that drivers were clocking up almost 240 miles a year in their efforts to bypass the roadworks. A figure that will shock many families and individuals attempting to tighten the petrol purse strings.

The worst offending councils with the highest number of roadworks are: Essex County Council, with 6,000, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, with 2,066, and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in Yorkshire, with 1,815.

But the award for longest stretch of roadworks in terms of miles goes to Slough Borough Council in Berkshire with a horrendous 645 miles of snarled up traffic. This is closely followed by Cumbria County Council (217 miles) and Oxford City Council (207 miles).

Despite the increasing number of roadworks, many drivers believed the state of Britain's roads was not improving.

As many as 22% said highway repairs had actually made the quality of the roads worse, with 61% reckoning road quality in general was declining. Some 5% of drivers rated the condition of their local roads as "very good".
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