NORTHANTS ROADS ARE IN A DIRE STATE OF REPAIR


What can be done about the dire state of local roads was the topic of discussion on Daventry Radio on Sunday.  “I live on the Northants and Warwickshire border,” said guest Andrew Simpson, “and when you drive on the same road from Northamptonshire into Warwickshire you can see straight away that the road in Warwickshire is in a better state.”

“It would be more cost effective to address road problems in advance when you know you will need to, rather than wait for problems,” Malcolm Simms speaking on behalf of the Asphalt Industry Alliance to Daventry Radio said. He added, “ We need £1.5 billion per year over the next ten years, so £15 billion in total, to get roads in the UK where we would like them.”

How much it will cost the new council of West Northamptonshire to deal with its backlog of road repairs is estimated in the tens of millions. With a local Conservative councillor telling the radio show that there are “about 30 roads within half a mile of where I live” that need resurfacing, it is clear that the problem is much greater than just filling in a few potholes.

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What can be done about the dire state of local roads was the topic of discussion on Daventry Radio on Sunday.  “I live on the Northants and Warwickshire border,” said guest Andrew Simpson, “and when you drive on the same road from Northamptonshire into Warwickshire you can see straight away that the road in Warwickshire is in a better state.”

“It would be more cost effective to address road problems in advance when you know you will need to, rather than wait for problems,” Malcolm Simms speaking on behalf of the Asphalt Industry Alliance to Daventry Radio said. He added, “ We need £1.5 billion per year over the next ten years, so £15 billion in total, to get roads in the UK where we would like them.”

How much it will cost the new council of West Northamptonshire to deal with its backlog of road repairs is estimated in the tens of millions. With a local Conservative councillor telling the radio show that there are “about 30 roads within half a mile of where I live” that need resurfacing, it is clear that the problem is much greater than just filling in a few potholes.

“Local authorities are still suffering from an inconsistency of funding so they can fix the roads as they would like,” Malcolm Simms said.

According to Andrew Simpson, transport spokesman for West Northants Liberal Democrats, the problem runs deeper. “Northamptonshire has fundamentally the wrong approach. Unlike Warwickshire where the council fixes the roads, Northants contracts out road repairs to a private company and it isn’t working. The Liberal Democrats would review the contracting out of repairs and bring this back under council control.”

“Rather than just patching up, what is needed is resurfacing,” added Andrew Simpson. “And nobody is talking about the problems the state of the roads is causing to cyclists and pedestrians. For all road users safety needs to be an absolute priority and the Liberal Democrats would assess every road for safety.”

 

West Northamptonshire Liberal Democrats have a three pronged plan to address the state of the roads:

  1. Take back council control of road repairs by reviewing the current contract between the council and the private company
  2. Stop the short term thinking and rather than patching up, invest in resurfacing which will be more cost effective
  3. Assess every road for safety, considering all road users including cyclists and pedestrians

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