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Council maintain 'good' road repair service, despite worst roads in UK
Haringey Council claim they maintain a “good” level of service for road repairs, despite the roads being the worst in the UK.
According to latest figures from the Department for Transport, a total of 20 per cent of A roads in Haringey require maintenance work – more than any other authority in the entire UK.
A statement released by Haringey Council today, said: “As many Haringey residents understand, cuts to our funding from central government mean we have had to tighten budgets.
“However, through working well with our contractors, we’ve managed to maintain a good level of service for road repairs.
"What these figures show is that despite the drop in funding, we have managed to keep the condition of our roads steady over the past few years.”
However, the latest figures, which map 2010 to 2011, show a vast decline in the state of the borough’s roads in the last three years.
In 2007 to 2009, only 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.
In 2010 to 2011, 18 per cent of Haringey's smaller roads are in need of maintenance.
The statement makes clear that the council spends more than £1million each year on roads maintenance, including approximately £400,000 on emergency repairs.
It states that the council prioritises repairs to roads which are regarded as “dangerous” or “serious.”
Last Autumn, the council also invested an extra £250,000 in minor road repairs identified after area forum meetings.
Councillor Richard Wilson said today: “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.”
Newham is the only authority in the rest of the UK to beat Haringey on the dire state of its smaller roads, with 20 per cent in need of maintenance.
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.