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Warwickshire roads ranked top in UK for second year

WARWICKSHIRE County Council has been named the UK’s joint top performing county council for highway maintenance in national highways and transport survey for the second year in a row.

Warwickshire was among 111 highway authorities, including 28 county councils, which took part in a national independent survey which looks at satisfaction with highways and transport services.

The National Highways and Transport (NHT) Satisfaction Survey is carried out annually by Ipsos Mori and is the largest survey of local opinion about transport and highways in the UK.Nearly 100,000 members of the public from across the country take part.

Warwickshire came out top for public satisfaction amongst county councils for highway maintenance, dealing with potholes and undertaking cold weather gritting. The council also ranked amongst the best in other areas, including condition of pavements, speed of repair to damaged roads, keeping drains clear and speed of repair to street lights.

But some motorists and cyclists using roads around Stratford have recently complained to the Herald about the risk posed by potholes which have caused damage to vehicles and forced some cyclists to take evasive action to avoid harm to themselves.

Stratford resident and cyclist Iain Duck said: “There is a pothole at the top of Bridge Street, Stratford close to the Market Cross roundabout and I had to swerve to avoid it and other vehicles. I still collided with the curb though. There’s another bad pothole in Shipston Road as you approach the roundabout there. My concern is for fellow cyclists because no one wants to have a serious accident caused by a pothole.”

Commenting on the highways and transport survey, Councillor Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning, said:

“Once again, these are excellent results which reflect the continued hard work and commitment of our staff. We make it our priority to focus our efforts and spending on what people tell us matters most to them. To score so highly in areas including condition of pavements, dealing with potholes and undertaking cold weather gritting, is particularly gratifying as these are all areas people consistently say are important to them.

“I am particularly pleased with the cold weather gritting score as this service is particularly important to our residents. We have clearly improved our readiness and service arrangements, but there is always room for improvement. One aspect that has been identified is prompt supply of information on roads. Work is already underway as we develop our communications strategy and continue to invest time in building our social media presence.”

The National Highways and Transport Network Survey was carried out during June, July and August 2019.

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