The England areas with the worst roads

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New research has revealed the areas in England with the worst roads, based on the average percentage of roads requiring maintenance between 2018 and 2023.

The study by car check experts Motorscan analysed data from the Department for Transport, which showed historical road condition statistics for every English local authority.

It found that statistically, the Southend-on-Sea area has the worst roads in England. This is because the area has an average percentage of B and C roads requiring maintenance of 24.6% between 2018 and 2023, the highest of any area in England. This, combined with 15.6% of A roads requiring maintenance in the same period, means that it comes in as the area with the worst roads in England.

The Derbyshire area comes in second place on the list. Between 2018 and 2023, 14.7% of A roads were judged to require maintenance on average, and in the same period, 21.2% of B and C were also found to need maintenance in the East Midlands local authority.

Coming in third place is Hackney, which also comes as the first London borough to feature on the list. Although the percentage of B and C roads requiring maintenance was significantly lower than other entries with just 9%, for A roads, this sat at 16% on average between 2018 and 2023, giving it the third-place position.

The local authority for the city of Derby comes in fourth place on the list. In the area, 9.7% of A roads required maintenance between 2018 and 2023, with more issues for B and C roads, where 14% required maintenance on average.

Rounding out the top five is the second London borough to feature, with Newham. 12.3% of all A roads were judged to require maintenance between 2018 and 2023, followed by B and C roads, where 11.4% were also found to require maintenance.

The top ten England areas with the worst roads

RankLocal AuthorityAverage percentage of A roads requiring maintenance 2018-2023Average percentage of B and C roads requiring maintenance 2018-2023
1Southend-on-Sea15.6%24.6%
2Derbyshire14.7%21.2%
3Hackney16.0%9.0%
4Derby UA9.7%14.0%
5Newham12.3%11.4%
6Lambeth14.0%8.5%
7Brent11.8%10.0%
8Hammersmith and Fulham5.5%15.0%
9Shropshire6.5%12.4%
10Liverpool7.7%10.3%

Commenting on the findings, Oliver Thompson, Head of Vehicle Intelligence at Motorscan, said: “With these results featuring areas from many different parts of the country, it shows that road maintenance is an issue all over. With so many London boroughs featuring in the list, it even highlights that the country’s capital even has big issues with its roads. While poor road maintenance can mean issues for your car, with risk of damage being done, it can also have a big effect on road safety as well.”

1 thought on “The England areas with the worst roads”

  1. Kevan Chippindall-Higgin

    Many, many years ago a road tax was introduced on all vehicles using the public highway. It was levied to pay for new roads and for the upkeep of exising roads and was set at £25 a year. Over time, inflation made this rather cheap and so it was raised. Over the same period, fuel duty rose, so the motorist of all types was shelling out a lot of money to look after the roads. Then the government put road tax into the general tax pot and over time, the name was changed to vehicle excise duty and rose and rose.

    Meanwhile, the roads got worse and worse. No wonder drivers are becoming crosser and crosser. Refusing to pay the tax is not really an option, unless of course everyone did. That would work. Has the time come for some serious financial anarchy to kick back against waste and spending incompetence? Has the time come for drivers to refuse to pay the tax on the grounds that their vehicles are being wrecked by incompetence? The idea certainly has merit and is appealing. Why should we pay for something that we are not getting?

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