Lincolnshire has been named as of 1 the UK’s roadworks capitals with over 66,000 tasks in two years, based on a current examine.
Lincolnshire was ranked sixth within the areas with probably the most roadworks with 66,761, solely behind Leicestershire, Kent, Birmingham, Sheffield, and Herefordshire, which was on the high of the record with 105,614 roadworks. Of the 66,761 listed for Lincolnshire, 30,537 have been carried out by the county council.
The study by Moneybarn requested Freedom of Info Act knowledge on the variety of roadworks from native councils. It ranked the outcomes based mostly on the 151 councils that responded with useable knowledge.
The examine states: “Not all areas of the nation have the identical degree of roadworks, and to find out the place within the nation is greatest for uninterrupted drives we have now launched an in-depth data-driven examine into the areas with probably the most frequent and up to date incidents of street and road works.”
Lincolnshire County Council was capable of make investments round £25,000 per mile in its street community, whereas London councils have been capable of afford a median of £62,000 per mile.
The council mentioned that over this monetary 12 months and final it has spent a mixed £102 million sustaining Lincolnshire’s 5,500 miles of street.
Councillor Richard Davies, government member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, mentioned: “Though the small print of this examine aren’t as clear or correct as they could possibly be, the outcomes do exhibit that we’re doing every thing we are able to to maintain our county’s huge street community in good situation.
“Actually, over this monetary 12 months and final, we’re spending a mixed £102 million sustaining Lincolnshire’s 5,500 miles of street.
“That is along with the entire main street schemes we’ve just lately accomplished or at present have underway, just like the Lincoln Jap Bypass, Grantham Southern Aid Street, constructing the brand new Dunholme/Welton Roundabout and bettering Holdingham Roundabout close to Sleaford.
“Sure, roadworks might be disruptive, however they’re additionally a robust indication that native authorities and utility firms are proactively working to develop and preserve the important infrastructure providers all of us depend on.
“Nevertheless, we’ll proceed working laborious to streamline roadworks when scheduling them in order that disruption is stored to an absolute minimal.”
“It’s additionally necessary to keep in mind that, with out enough funding, folks will proceed to see our roads worsen – and cuts from central authorities don’t assist. Earlier this 12 months, Lincolnshire had its street upkeep grant from Westminster slashed by £12 million, or 25%. This has meant fewer potholes crammed and extra exasperated motorists.”
Moneybarn mentioned that every one the info was collected by sending Freedom of Info requests to councils throughout the UK, saying: “Below the Freedom of Info Act, I wish to request the variety of road works and street works carried out by the council for each the 2019/20 and 2020/21 monetary years. If attainable, I might additionally prefer to know the longest-running works that happened in each of those durations.”
Out of the 395 councils that the requests was despatched to, 244 didn’t reply, declined the request or despatched unusable knowledge. This left 151 councils that have been ranked by the overall variety of roadworks over the previous two years. The distinction between the variety of roadworks in each 2019/20 and 2020/21 was then calculated.