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South of Scotland roads slammed in new report

The state of roads in the region is under scrutiny. Credit: ITV Border

Roads in Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders have been slammed in a new report.

Figures from Audit Scotland's 'Maintaining Scotland's Roads' look at the state of roads across the country between 2011/12 and 2014/15.

They show that in 2014/15, the percentage of roads in an 'acceptable' condition in Dumfries and Galloway was lower than 50 percent, and was the second worst in the entire country.

The Scottish Borders had the fifth lowest percentage of acceptable roads.

Proportion of roads in an acceptable condition in 2014/15. Credit: Audit Scotland
  • Dramatic decline in quality of Scottish Borders roads

The study also shows that the Scottish Borders saw the biggest drop in the proportion of acceptable roads between 2011/12 and 2014/15.

Drop in percentage of acceptable roads in Scottish Borders
Drop in percentage of acceptable roads in Dumfries and Galloway.
Change in percentage of roads in acceptable condition from 2011/12 to 2014/15. Credit: Audit Scotland
  • Council spending on roads

When it comes to the average annual spend per kilometre of road network, the south of Scotland also came bottom of the list.

Dumfries and Galloway Council had the lowest spend, of £2,052 between 2011/12 and 2014/15.

However, the council did increase its spending over that period by more than any other council - an increase of 188%.

Scottish Borders Council had the fourth lowest average annual spend, and was also below £3,000 per kilometre, but was another of the councils that increased its road maintenance spending over the period.

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