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AA slams summer road puddles

The AA has hit out at the state of Britain’s road drainage in the wake of a damaging poll.

In a survey of more than 18,000 members of the motoring organisation, 49% said sitting water was no better in June than during the winter storms.

The AA said the situation was “far from satisfactory”.

AA head of roads policy Paul Watters said: “Weeks of dry weather should have helped drain the winter water, and drainage systems should be resilient enough for summer cloudbursts.

“Along many stretches of often fast road, the flood signs pop up routinely, or simply remain. That’s far from satisfactory and will lead to extra cost, danger and disruption when heavy rain returns.”

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  • Barry Walton

    Why has NCE concentrated on this aspect of the AA's survey if, considering the drastic effect of another part of the survey, a remarkably small proportion of drivers believe the sitting water problem is no better than before, if, indeed, such a status is meaningful at all? What appears to be important, if the survey is representative of the whole driver populations, is that somewhere around a third of all vehicles suffered pot hole damage over the past two years resulting in repair cost, compensation and doubtless legal expense. Is that not a road loss of structural integrity of pandemic proportions? NCE might usefully look at exposing the economics of that way of running our primary transport infrastructure.

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