Best roads are right on your doorstep according to new report

Councillor Brian Spurr.
Councillor Brian Spurr.

Some of the best roads in the region can be found around Central Bedfordshire.

Just two per cent of the district’s principal A roads should be considered for maintenance, according to the Road Conditions in England 2014 report, when the average for England was four per cent.

Central Bedfordshire came joint second out of 11 local authorities in the east of England region, behind Peterborough with one per cent.

Three per cent of the district’s B and C roads should be considered for maintenance and the average for England was eight per cent. Central Bedfordshire came joint first in the region along with Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

Eight per cent of the district’s unclassified roads should be considered for maintenance and the average for England was 18 per cent. Central Bedfordshire came joint second in the region.

Cllr Brian Spurr, executive member for community services, said: “These great results show the success of our asset management approach to road maintenance. By making repairs at the right time, we maintain high quality and provide best value within the available budget.”

There are 81.8 miles of local authority-maintained principal A roads in Central Bedfordshire, in addition to 30.9 miles of trunk A roads and 17.7 miles of motorway maintained by Highways England.

There are 799.2 miles of B, C and unclassified road in Central Bedfordshire, making a total of 881 miles of roads maintained.

Road Conditions in England and Road Lengths in Great Britain are published annually by the Department for Transport.

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