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Road surfaces are improving, says national survey

Road surfaces are improving, says national survey

26 November 2015

Road surface conditions managed by Wokingham Borough Council are the second most improved compared to 87 other councils across the country, says a national survey.


The public survey carried out by the National Highways & Transport Network (NHT Network) claims people using roads in the Wokingham Borough are 14% more satisfied with the condition of local highways than they were last year.


This puts the Borough 19th out of the 87 authorities taking part and also means Wokingham in the survey is five per cent above the national average. NHT Network has therefore asked the borough council to show other authorities how it achieved this.


Wokingham Borough Council has also scored well in how it maintains and manages vegetation on paths and roads, and again the NHT Network would like it to share its best practice with other local government authorities.


“The results of this survey reflect the changes we’ve made to our services thanks to consultation with our residents, and also extra investment improving our highways and creating more green transport choices,” said Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for planning and highways at Wokingham Borough Council.


“Combined with our existing roads maintenance, we’ve had additional government funding where we’ve so far remodelled and resurfaced half the length of one of the busiest roads in the borough – the A329. It carries some 24,000 vehicles a day and 60% of the borough’s population lives within a few miles of it.


“We’ve also reorganised the way we maintain highway verges and trees, thanks to public consultation, and people’s feedback to these changes has been very positive as highlighted by the NHT results.”


The NHT Network is an annual benchmark carried out by Ipsos Mori.  It asks residents their opinions on how well councils deliver key transport services including buses, cycling facilities, and congestion and highways maintenance. 


The random postal survey measures perception and is not based on technical data supplied to the Department for Transport. It is a reflection of how well residents think their council has performed in the last year (2014/15).


Wokingham Borough Council has taken part in this survey for the past five years.


See the NHT Network results for 2015 in full.


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