Unfinished roadworks cause misery for UK drivers

£400 repair bill for Britain's roads
1 May, 2014 12:01am Chris Ebbs

Around 25,000 incomplete roadworks currently on British roads, covering 2,387 miles

There are almost 25,000 incomplete roadworks projects currently across the UK, according to research by breakdown company LV= Road Rescue.

The unfinished projects covers an estimated 2,387 miles of British roads, with some of the oldest existing roadworks still not completed after 18 months.

A survey of UK motorists by the company found that roadworks now affect a third of their journeys and, on average, adds an extra 12 minutes to their travel.

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Of the councils that responded to the FOI request, Suffolk County Council has the most outstanding road maintenance projects (1,906) followed by Leicestershire County Council (1,250) and Derby City Council (930).

The company also found that Oxford Street in London had been subject to 2,310 roadworks over the past five years.

Peter Horton, Managing Director of LV= Road Rescue, comments: “Local authorities face a difficult challenge to repair and maintain our roads this year, particularly given the impact of the adverse weather we have seen in recent months. With more cars on the road than ever, it will be hard to carry out roadworks without impacting drivers.”

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Cllr Peter Box, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Economy and Transport Board, said: “Councils always look to ensure essential work by their highway teams is carried out efficiently and to a high standard. We also work with utility firms to make sure they keep disruption to an absolute minimum and that works are co-ordinated and planned effectively.

“We share the frustration of motorists about the state of our roads. Decades of underfunding have trapped councils in an endless cycle of only being able to patch up our road network.”

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I regularly drive on the continent, and never ever have I been held up in roadworks like I am in the UK. The French and Spanish are fast and efficient, there is the bare minimum of disruption caused, and they don't close sections of road off a month before they start the work, like they seem to do in this country. The UK is one of the worst countries to live in, and given the chance, I'd be out like a shot even though I was born here!

I think the biggest bugbear is when no one is WORKING in the roadworks. IF there is anyone on site, they don't start till 10am, they're gone by 3pm, presumably because their mobile phones have run out of charge.

Thinking of all the articles I've read in this magazine over the years, about revolutionary new methods of road repair, utility companies having to co-ordinate their works, penalties for these companies if they don't finish on schedule, etc, etc, how come things have got worse, not better?

I reported a pothole in my town over Four years ago, it has now been re-filled three times.
It's all about jobs for the boys, and their shareholders..

Hi to all of you fellow cash cows and British road users.
I have recently had occasion to use the M6 Northbound and return Southbound between junctions 23 & 43/43 & 23 on at-least 4return journeys in the period mid end February to mid April and cannot help but wonder as to why it is necessary to have not only extended lengths of motorway down to 40mph and 50mph in sections that have hefty concrete/steel central barriers and warnings of speed cameras when there are non but the inclusion of variable speed cameras also on sections that do not appear to have anything happening at all on those sections and more to the point during the normal working day.
There are also sections of the M6 Northbound in Lancashire that have the surface so badly torn up that it is a game of hopscotch to avoid the deep and constantly worsening surface. Driving in heavy traffic and conditions of rain and otherwise poor visibility is a potentially life threatening exercise. Riders of motorcycles and drivers of smaller & lighter cars are certainly the most at risk from deflections and tyre/rim damage and the potential for side swipe damage from other road users.

On the M6 through Cumbria, the Highways Agency cones off miles of motorway in each direction for about 200 yards of actual road repairs. And, that's if they are not actually doing any work.

At Tebay, a bridge repair should have been completed in September 2013. Then it moved to December and finally April this year. I travelled through on Friday and they had just completely finished, 8 months late!

Because they deliberately over estimate the time to do the actual work or say the workforce will only work 10 to 4 or find some "unforeseen" complication.