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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%
The council estimates that around £250 million more is required to bring the county’s highways network up to a good or reasonable standard.