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One of Carlisle's driving instructors told ITV Border what he thinks about the state of the city's roads:
Keith Little, Cumbria County Council's Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, says the council's doing the best it can for the region's roads, with a limited budget:
Cumbria's main roads are improving, and fewer need maintenance, according to the Department for Transport... but its rural roads are in greater need of repair than before.
A survey of road conditions, carried out as part of a national monitoring programme, found:
- Principal A class roads in need of repair has fallen from 6% to 5% between 2011/12 and 2013/14
- Non-principal roads (B and C class roads) in need of maintenance has also gone down, from 17% to 14%, over the same period
- Sight rise for unclassified, minor rural roads needing maintenance, which rose from 15% to 17%
“Maintaining and improving our roads is one of the council’s key priorities and the DfT figures show there has been a small, but steady improvement in the condition of our busiest roads over recent years.
"This reflects the improvements we’ve made to the highways maintenance service in recent years, including investment in plant and machinery and co-ordinating our work more consistently.
"I appreciate that our roads are far from perfect, particularly at this time of year before the spring and summer maintenance programme has stepped up.
But our highways teams are working hard to make the most of increasingly limited resources and these figures show they are making a real difference.”
The council estimates that around £250 million more is required to bring the county’s highways network up to a good or reasonable standard.