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CRISIS OF BRITAIN'S CRUMBLING ROADS

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Britain's road network is in crisis, as maintenance budgets have plummeted and new projects have been virtually wip...
Britain's road network is in crisis, as maintenance budgets have plummeted and new projects have been virtually wiped out, according to The Telegraph (p16).

According to the government, maintenance standards on the country's roads are the worst they have ever been, and deterioration of roads last year was 'significant'.

A recent survey found that average future frequency of resurfacing predicted by local authorities in England was 142 years - for roads which need attention every 10 to 15 years.

The two-page feature launches a campaign by The Telegraph to highlight the poor state of Britain's roads. The situation is causing, it says, more accidents, more noise, more congestion and damage to the economy.

New road signs around the country alerting drivers to 'uneven surfaces' and even 'failed roads' represent a last desparate effort by local authorities, aware they have insufficient funds to carry out necessary maintenance, to protect themselves against litigation.
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