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Less than a mile of Havering's roads in a state of disrepair according to government

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 January 2018

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KOS Pothole

The condition of the major roads in Havering is getting worse according to the Department of Transport.

Inspections of the road network carried out in the 12 months to March 2017 revealed that 0.9 miles of A roads run by the council may be in need of repair.

The road examinations, done by scanner machines, and in some cases human inspection identify sections of road that are worn by use or may have ruts, bumps or potholes.

It’s not clear from the data the extent of disrepair to the one mile of road that has been identified.

In the previous 12 months only 0.6 miles, required maintenance.

The data also shows that 3% of the B and C roads were likely in need of work.

In total there are 372 miles of minor roads in Havering.

The highway inspections use a classification called Road Condition Indicator. This categorises a road as green, amber or red, based on ruts and bumps.

If a part of a route is branded red it should be checked more thoroughly as it is likely to require maintenance.

The figures also show that road conditions are worse than they were five years ago, when 2pc of Havering’s A roads were likely in need of repairs.

These statistics only refer to Havering’s local authority run roads.

The majority or roads in the area are the responsibility of the council while Highways England is in charge of the maintenance for motorways and some major A roads.

A DfT spokesman commented on the figures: “We are investing record amounts to improve our roads to link people with jobs, families and services.

“These statistics show that our investment is making a difference, with fewer key roads needing maintenance than 10 years ago.”

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