Roads in West Sussex on decline according to Government figures

JPCT 110512 Potholes in Emms Lane, ( Brooks Green / Barns Green ). Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 110512 Potholes in Emms Lane, ( Brooks Green / Barns Green ). Photo by Derek Martin

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Roads in West Sussex are detiorating at one of the highest rates in England, according to Government figures released last week.

Despite only two authorities, North Lincolnshire and Gateshead, seeing a greater drop in the percentage of good rated roads, West Sussex County Council, the area’s highways authority, is disputing the Department for Transport’s figures.

The total budget for road improvements is listed as £15,267,200 for the business year 2012/2013 under its integrated works programme.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We have an issue with the figures published by the Department of Transport as they are inconsistent with our own.

“We will contact the Department of Transport to discuss this further.

“With regards to the good roads that have dropped from green to amber, we are concerned by this and our strategy is to hit as many of these with protective treatments such as surface dressing to stop them getting into the red zone, where more expensive treatments are required.”

The Road Condition Indicator ranks surveyed roads on a traffic light system of green, amber and red.

West Sussex saw its share

of green, or good roads, down

seven per cent, from 76 to 69 per cent in 2010/2011, the joint third worst decline in England, level with Liverpool.

Neighbouring authority East Sussex had 59 per cent of its roads as green, the second lowest figure in the South East.