Shocking figures show half of Lincolnshire roads are falling to pieces
Half the length of Lincolnshire’s roads need repairing in the next year according to the Department for Transport
More than half the roads round Lincolnshire are breaking apart, according to the Department for Transport.
The problem centres around the county’s minor roads, with one in three classed as being in a state of “considerable deterioration” and in need of repairs in the next year.
But as minor roads make up more than half the length of Lincolnshire’s highways, it means most of our roads are officially falling to pieces.
Lincolnshire County Council says it is doing what it can to tackle the problem, but simply doesn’t have the money to make sure all the roads are in first class condition.
The state of the road is often blamed as a cause whenever there’s a crash on one of the county’s minor roads – and motorists leave motorists fuming whenever they’re left with a repair bill because their car has suffered damage from a pothole.
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “We’d love every road in Lincolnshire to be in first-class condition, but unfortunately we simply don’t have the funding.
“Understandably, we focus our efforts primarily on the main roads that get the most use and are vital to the day-to-day lives of tens of thousands of people.
“That’s why we are above the national average when it comes to our A, B and C roads.
“Of course, that means there is less money to spend on Lincolnshire’s quieter, rural back roads, but they are certainly not forgotten.
“In recent years, we’ve been using an innovative technique in which the top surface of the carriageway is ‘recycled’ to give such roads a new lease of life, and at a lesser cost than traditional resurfacing methods.
“We will be investing millions in improving our unclassified roads in the coming year, but even then, in a large rural county like Lincolnshire, that funding will only go far.”
The Department for Transport figures reveal 29 per cent of the minor road network in the county was put into the ‘red’ category by inspectors in 2016/17.
This means that when these roads were surveyed they were found to have a wide range of surface damage and deterioration and were expected to need maintenance in the next 12 months.
In comparison, across England only 17 per cent of the unclassified road network was considered to potentially need maintenance.
The minor road or “unclassified” network includes any public local roads that are not classed as A, B or C, and which are not residential streets or agricultural tracks. It makes up more than half of the total road network in Lincolnshire in terms of length.
Meanwhile, a further 5 per cent of B and C roads and 2 per cent of the A road network in Lincolnshire is also considered to be in a state of serious deterioration, which is about the same as the national average.
Across the country, 6 per cent of the B and C network and 3 per cent of all principal roads are in this condition.
John Robinson, 48, had to fork out £214 after the wheels of his vehicle were damaged as he drove along Bloxholme Lane near Scopwick near Metheringham on January 16.
It was fourth tyre he has had to replace because of potholes in just one month.
The café owner estimated that the hole was four foot long and two foot wide.
And Steve Riggs was landing with a £490 bill as two of his tyres were damaged as he drover to Newark on the A17.
The offending pothole hole stretched six foot long, was around a foot wide and at least four inches deep, according to the unimpressed 54-year-old from Sleaford who was travelling to work on Thursday, January 4.
After being forced to pull over, Steve called the AA to fix his car and has lodged a complaint with Lincolnshire County Council.