Road conditions in Wales are not significantly different to 2000 levels. More motorway routes (7.9%) in the area are under close observation than in 2000 and 11.1% of Welsh Trunk roads are under close scrutiny.
In England 18% of skid surfaces on principal roads are at or below the standard required and this increases to 51% in London and 28% in some other urban areas.
Potholes are still the greatest problem on residential roads and although trip hazards on footpaths have reduced since 2001, our footpaths are deteriorating. There has also been no real term increase in spending on maintance between 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.
So…a mixed bag of results for the countries roads. Improvements have no doubt been made, but some areas have secured a better deal than others; leaving London and Wales particularly shortchanged. Within a transport policy regime that encourages walking and cycling it is a great shame to see that our local footpaths are deteriorating year on year. There is only so much money to go around, but it is vital for the country that our network is up to standard. Improvements have been made but there is a long way to go.