Drop in road satisfaction ratings

A survey from the Institution of Civil Engineers (Ice) found that only a third of people are happy with the condition of roads in the UK.

The 32% satisfaction figure compares with 62% of respondents who were happy with the roads when the Ice polls began in December 2008.

The new figure is also a drop from 50% in the last quarter of 2010.

The poll of 2,050 adults revealed that just 52% of people are satisfied with public transport services, down from 63% in the last three months of last year.

Ice said an increase in the number of potholes caused by periods of extreme weather was the reason for the drop in satisfaction levels.

Ice vice president Geoff French said: "The Government's extra £200 million recently made available to help with road repairs is very welcome, though unfortunately this doesn't equate to much when spread across a large number of authorities and won't make much of a dent in the huge annual budget deficit.

"The funding shortfall inevitably leads to a maintenance backlog and puts councils under immense pressure to deal with the problem.

"This leads to 'quick fix' maintenance that fails to tackle the root of the problem, leading to more work and expense for local authorities down the line, and more frustration for the public."

Local transport minister Norman Baker said: "Despite the current severe fiscal restraints, we are providing £3 billion to councils for road maintenance over the next four years and an additional £6 million for longer-term strategies."

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