Road conditions - % of principal classified roads where maintenance should be considered


Provides an indication of the proportion of principal road carriageway where maintenance should be considered

An annual survey of road conditions is used to develop and prioritise planned road maintenance and resurfacing schedules. This does not affect highway inspection regimes to identify highway faults.

The latest highways survey results shows that principal classified roads where maintenance should be considered has remained at the same level.

Shropshire Council maintains 5,200km of road and has a very low spend per km of road and per head of population when compared to all of the other unitary authorities in England.

Uncertainty around council funding has resulted in a reduction of the funding for discretionary highways maintenance (Cabinet 14th Feb 2018). For the years 2018/19 and 2019/20 an agreed annual budget reduction of £5m capital funding across the entire Highways and Transport budget has been implemented. In the meantime the service will use the annual survey data and inspection regimes to prioritise and schedule maintenance programmes to maximise the available budget. Additional funding has since been received from the Department of Transport and will assist in arresting this decline.

A number of key performance indicators relating to customer satisfaction are measured annually through the annual National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey. Latest results from this survey show that despite funding reductions the overall satisfaction with highway services has has reduced.