State of Leeds’s roads revealed - and it may surprise you

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GOVERNMENT statistics have revealed the extent of Leeds’s road network which may need repairs - and it might surprise you.

Just 3 per cent of Leeds’s 191 miles of council-run A roads were judged to be likely in need of maintenance following road inspections carried out in the 12 months to March 2017 - just six miles.

The road examinations, done by scanner machines, and in some cases human inspection, identify sections of road that are worn by use or may have ruts, bumps or potholes.

The data, from the Department for Transport, also shows that 3 per cent of the B and C roads were likely to be in need of repair, and 15 per cent of unclassified roads. In total there are 1,655 miles of minor roads in Leeds.

The highway inspections use a classification called Road Condition Indicator, which categorises a road as green, amber or red, based on ruts and bumps.

If a part of a route is branded red it should be checked more thoroughly as it is likely to require maintenance.

The figures also show that road conditions are better than they were five years ago, when 5 per cent of Leeds’s A roads were likely in need of repairs.

These statistics only refer to Leeds’s local authority run roads.

The majority of roads in the area are the responsibility of the council while Highways England is in charge of the maintenance for motorways and some major A roads.

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “It’s positive news that only 3% of our A roads are judged to be in need of repair and this is testament to the investment that the council makes in the roads each year, but we are well aware that we need to keep an eye on the ever changing weather and conditions of all our roads.

“Whilst all our roads seem to remain in a steady state, with figures for repair/maintenance rising or falling just a percent each year, it is very much weather dependent and something we have to monitor and react to.”

A DfT spokesman said: “These statistics show that our investment is making a difference, with fewer key roads needing maintenance than 10 years ago.”

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