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Haringey's roads the worst in the country
Haringey’s roads are the worst in the country, latest statistics from the Department for Transport reveal.
A total of 20 per cent of the borough’s A roads are in need of maintenance, the highest figure out of all authorities in the UK.
Smaller, B and C grade roads do not fare much better, with 18 per cent in need of upgrading work.
Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor Richard Wilson, said: “I don’t think it will come as a surprise to residents as they know from going about their daily lives that the roads have potholes and bad surfaces.
"It is annoying for drivers as it is damaging to their vehicles and it is actually really dangerous for cyclists if they run over a pot hole."
The latest figures, which map 2010 to 2011, also show road conditions in the borough have seen a huge decline in the last three years.
In 2007 to 2009, just nine per cent of Haringey’s A roads were a concern to the Department for Transport. In 2009 to 2010, this increased slightly to 13 per cent.
The same trend is clear in the borough’s smaller roads, with eight per cent requiring maintenance work in 2007 to 2008, and ten per cent between 2008 and 2010.
The Department for Transport carried out machine surveys of surface road condition to gather the findings.
Approximately 75 per cent of all A roads in each authority were tested, and one third of all B and C roads.
In Haringey, there are 37.1km of A roads, 19.6km of B roads and 21.4km of C roads.
Cllr Wilson added: “It is once again Haringey being top of the league for the wrong reasons. We now have the worst roads in the UK and that is because they have been neglected for decades.
“This just isn’t good enough. Collecting the bins and keeping roads maintained are the basic things that we expect the council to do and they are failing on both these things.”
Only three per cent of A roads and five per cent of B and C roads in the London borough of Bromley are in need of work.
Newham is the only authority in the country to see more B and C roads in need of repair, with the figure standing at 20 per cent.