June 20 2013 Latest news:
by Jennifer Morris
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Haringey has more shoddy roads in need of repair than anywhere else in the country, according to statistics from the Department for Transport.
Figures show 20 per cent of council-maintained major roads, classified as A-roads, needed attention in 2010/11, with work also needed on 18 per cent of B and C roads.
Neighbouring boroughs scored better, with only seven per cent of Waltham Forest’s roads requiring maintenance.
The data also shows that of all roads in the borough – including the ‘red routes’ overseen by Transport for London – five per cent were graded as ‘red’, in the worst condition.
Haringey Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Richard Wilson said residents would not be “surprised” to learn that Haringey’s roads are the worst in the England, criticising the council for cutting back on road maintenance recently.
He said: “The resulting potholes not only damage cars but are extremely dangerous for cyclists and motorbikes.”
But a Haringey spokesman said the statistics have remained static for a number of years, adding: “What these figures show is that despite a drop in funding, we have managed to keep the condition of our roads steady over the past few years.
“The council spends more than £1million each year on roads maintenance, including around £400,000 on emergency repairs.”