New figures released by the Department for Transport has revealed that there has been a decline in the condition of roads in England in the last year.
The figures revealed in the Road Conditions in England: 2010 reveal a two point fall in the quality of road condition in England from 100 in 2008/09 to 98 in 2009/10, a 2% deterioration in the road network as measured by the highways condition index (HCI).
A score of 100 equates to the average score for England’s road condition in 2006/07, when new machine based road surveys were introduced.
The report finds that in 2009/10, ‘A’ category roads were in better condition, on average, than ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads - ‘A’ roads has a score of 112 in the index, and ‘B’ & ‘C’ roads had an index of 93.
Similarly, rural roads were in better condition than urban roads. Urban‘A’ roads had a score 9 points less in the index than rural ‘A’ roads.
The best road conditions in England were found in the East Midlands, with a score of 107, followed by London and the North East on 106.
The worst scores were recorded in the South West, an 89 score in 2009/10, and Yorkshire and the Humber, with a score of 94. The South West also had the largest fall in its HCI measure between 2008/09 and 2009/10, down by 10 from 99.