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DoT CONDEMNS ROADS CONDITION

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More than 4,000 kilometres of local authority principal roads are in urgent need of attention, according to the Dep...
More than 4,000 kilometres of local authority principal roads are in urgent need of attention, according to the Department of Transport.

The DoT's National Road Maintenance Condition Survey for 1996 shows that 13% of the 31,290km of major non-trunk road surveyed had deteriorated to such an extent that it no longer has any measurable 'residual life'.

It further shows that some 6,000km of principal road has a residual life of less than 10 years, although more than 15,000km is deemed to have a residual life of more than 19 years.

Council roads in the northern region have deteriorated at a greater rate than any other area in England and Wales over the past 20 years. London's non-trunk roads are also in a relatively worse condition than those in other areas.

Council roads in the south-east and the south-west have fared best, according to the survey, which is available from the DoT, tel: 0171 3745.
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