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Skid fears grow on London roads

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CONCERN ABOUT the chances of skid related crashes on London roads has increased over the last 12 months, the Department for Transport (DfT) said last week.

Its National Road Maintenance Condition Survey reported that 4% more London roads were being monitored for skid resistance than a year ago.

Roads are considered to be of concern if measurements of wet road skid resistance are lower than the level the DfT considers appropriate for a location's conditions and traffic levels.

The survey reported that the skid resistance of 38% of principal roads in London was causing concern.

But in other metropolitan areas, the fi gure was down from 27% to 25%.

Overall, the skid resistance of around 16% of principal roads is under investigation, a figure virtually unchanged since last year.

The results for motorways were the same as last year, at close to 2%, while the figure for all-purpose trunk roads showed a small but signifi cant fall from 15% to approximately 13%.

The DfT stressed that roads under investigation were not necessarily unsafe.

Investigations include scrutinising the safety record of the length of road concerned. If this had worsened, the road could be resurfaced.

Structural condition results showed a slight increase in the percentage of principal roads requiring close monitoring.

Currently 17.6% are under scrutiny compared with 17.4% a year ago.

Motorways remained below the 5% level.

The best results came in the surface defects figures for local roads. The DfT claimed there had been 'significant improvements' since 2000, and 'real improvements' on principal and unclassified roads in built-up areas.

INFOPLUS To access the survey, go to www. nceplus. co. uk

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