Superior roads

Which areas have put paid to potholes and banished bumps?

Potholes and other bumps in the road can be incredibly frustrating for motorists, especially when nobody seems interested in sorting them out!

Not only do badly maintained roads add time to our daily journeys, they can damage our vehicles too. So which parts of the country are the worst offenders for poorly kept roads, and which have improved the most?

We’ve studied Department for Transport statistics to find out.

Motorways - high speed (70 mph) roads where slow vehicles and pedestrians are forbidden

A roads - major through routes which connect the country, but are smaller and slower than motorways

B roads - smaller trunk roads which connect the A road network, usually serving smaller settlements

C roads - A type of unclassified road or lane with low traffic volumes

Most-improved | The best roads

Most-improved | The best roads

A roads and motorways ranked

Rank

Local Authority

Region

Roads Requiring
Maintenance
(2008/09)

Roads Requiring
Maintenance
(2018/19)

Improvement
Since 2008/09 (Percentage Point Change)

B and C roads ranked

Rank

Local Authority

Region

Roads Requiring
Maintenance
(2008/09)

Roads Requiring
Maintenance
(2018/19)

Improvement
Since 2008/09 (Percentage Point Change)

Methodology

All data sourced from the Department for Transport’s road condition statistics, specifically Table RDC0120: Local authority managed classified roads where maintenance should be considered, by LA in England.

For both the A roads and motorways and B and C roads which are managed by each local authority, we took the percentage of roads where maintenance should be considered for 2008/09 and 2018/19 and calculated the difference.

Some local authorities were omitted as they used alternative technologies to collect data for their roads, meaning that they were not directly comparable with the rest of the areas, while a small number were omitted due to lack of reliable data.

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