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Further Plans to Improve the Quality of UK Roads

Posted in General News on Friday, March 8th, 2019

Utility companies could soon be held to greater account for the quality of the road repair work they do following utility maintenance as the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, proposes increasing the guarantee on the UK’s roads from two years to five years after re-surfacing work. This would mean that if a pothole or dangerous defect appeared on a road during this time the company responsible would be legally bound to return to the road and repair the damage.  The Transport Secretary has recently launched a consultation on this matter and included within it is the proposal to introduce new asphalt standards to ensure that our roads stay at a safe standard for longer. Achieving these standards would require the road workers to use asphalt with a high bitumen content to make it easier to lay and less prone to potholing. The consultation will last for a period of eight weeks and it will include a range of other initiatives aimed at improving road surfaces. Chris Grayling commented: “Potholes are the biggest enemy for road users and this government is looking at all options to keep our roads in the best condition. Road surfaces can be made worse by utility companies, so imposing higher standards on repairs will help keep roads pothole-free for longer.”

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