National Traffic and Transport News, Construction work on Britain’s roads is needed

Large scale construction work on Britain’s roads and highways could be needed following the results of a recent poll.

The Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) public satisfaction survey revealed that public satisfaction with the state of the country’s roads had fallen for the third year in a row.

Just 54 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with the current state of the UK’s roads, which is a reduction from the 58 per cent in the last quarter and 62 per cent in the quarter before.

ICE director general Tom Foulkes said there was an estimated £1 billion backlog in road maintenance construction work and “too many” roads that have long been in need of “proper repair”.

“Funding for maintenance tends to focus on quick-fix reactive work which rarely tackles the underlying cause of damage and fails to prolong the life of the road,” he said.

“The focus needs to be on planned, preventative maintenance programmes that provide better value for money and long term solutions.”

Earlier this month, the ICE welcomed the European Investment Bank’s decision to loan the Crossrail project £1 billion.

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