6:43 am, Fri 08 Mar 2013
David Bizley from the
RAC has told Daybreak that road maintenance is "top priority" when it comes to what drivers want their money spent on.
He added, "local authorities have been catching up with a backlog of maintenance."
A report today found that motorists travel an estimated 240 miles navigating their way around roadworks.
According to a survey, drivers feel roads are not improving, despite seeing an increased number of works.
Read: Drivers: Britain's roads are 'not improving'
6:40 am, Fri 08 Mar 2013
Motoring expert Quentin Willson has blamed the
Labour Government for the amount of roadworks currently taking place in the UK.
Daybreak he said: "It's not [the Government's] fault, it's the last lot."
He said because Labour cancelled 100 major road building projects, we are "vainly trying to catch up."
Motorists are currently dealing with around 19,000 sets of roadworks across the UK covering 1,434 miles.
Read: '19,000' sets of roadworks on UK roads
3:00 am, Fri 08 Mar 2013
A survey of 1,288 drivers has found that roadworks are adding 43 minutes a week on to the average motorists' journey.
The survey found:
More than one third of drivers reported they had seen more road works in their area in the last year
Many drivers believed the state of Britain's roads was not improving
Over a fifth of people said highway repairs had made the quality of the roads worse, with two thirds reckoning road quality in general was declining
Nearly a third of drivers said they had been caught up in roadworks where there was no advance notice of the work taking place
2:50 am, Fri 08 Mar 2013
Local transport minister Norman Baker has agreed that he "understands the frustration" of passengers sitting in traffic jams because of road works. He said:
That is why we have made it easier for councils to co-ordinate and manage roadworks and dramatically increased the charges for companies who do not finish work on time. We are also trialling new lane rental charges to incentivise firms to carry out works outside peak hours, reducing disruption for those using the roads.
– Norman Baker, Local transport minister
2:30 am, Fri 08 Mar 2013
A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that motorists are clocking up almost 240 miles a year in their efforts to bypass roadworks.
Councils with a high number of works in their area were:
Essex County Council with 6,000
East Riding of Yorkshire Council with 2,066
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in Yorkshire with 1,815
Councils with some of the longest stretches of roadworks in terms of miles were:
Cumbria County Council (217 miles)
Oxford City Council (207 miles)
2:04 am, Fri 08 Mar 2013
Motorists are currently dealing with around 19,000 sets of roadworks, a breakdown company has revealed.
The distance covered by the works, stretch to almost twice the journey between Land's End and John O'Groats, 1,434 miles.
Some councils have thousands of roadwork schemes on the go, a Freedom of Information Act has revealed
Credit: Clara Molden/PA Wire
A Freedom of Information Act from
Britannia Rescue has found that in the last five years there have been more than two million roadworks projects started on UK roads.
Figures came from data from more than 80 British local authorities.