Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the Highway Agency's strategic road network underwent maintenance in each of the last eight years.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark PPS (Rt Hon Ed Balls, Secretary of State), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

To achieve the annual road condition target, the Highways Agency regularly inspects and reviews the condition of the whole strategic network and carries out discrete maintenance as required. Records show the proportion of the strategic network that underwent discrete maintenance for each of the last eight years is between 4 per cent. and 5 per cent(1). Data for the last two completed financial years (2006-07 and 2007-08) are still being collated, but are expected to be in the range of 4 per cent. to 5 per cent.. Details for each of the last eight years are included in the table.

(1) Estimated using the Highways Agency's Pavement Management System records.

Strategic road network maintained
2000-01 (1)4-5
2001-02 (1)4-5
2002-03 (1)4-5
2003-04 4.1
2004-05 4.4
2005-06 4.0
2006-07 (2)
2007-08 (2)
(1) Estimated using the Highways Agency's pavement management Systems records.

(2) Records being collated.

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