Central Bedfordshire has some of the best roads in the region - despite having to maintain the equivalent distance of the Land’s End to John o’Groats journey.
Just two percent of Central Bedfordshire’s principal A roads should be considered for maintenance, says the Road Conditions in England 2014 report. The average for England was four percent.
Central Bedfordshire came joint second out of 11 local authorities in the East of England region, behind Peterborough with one per cent.
Three percent of our B and C roads should be considered for maintenance. The average for England was eight per cent. Central Bedfordshire came joint first in the East of England region along with Southend on Sea and Thurrock.
Eight percent of our unclassified roads should be considered for maintenance. The average for England was 18 percent. Central Bedfordshire came joint second in the East of England region behind Thurrock with seven per cent.
‘Your questions answered’ factsheets explain Central Bedfordshire Council’s successful maintenance strategy; they can be downloaded at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/travelling
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.
The total of 881 miles of road maintained by Central Bedfordshire Council is slightly longer than the 874-mile road journey from Land’s End to John o’Groats.
Road Conditions in England and Road Lengths in Great Britain are published annually by the Department for Transport.