One in every 100 miles of roads across the East Riding in poor condition, Department of Transport figures show

Around one in every 100 miles of main road in the East Riding of Yorkshire needs repairing, figures suggest.

Department of Transport figures show 1% of A roads in the East Riding were placed in the worst category. Photo: PA Images

The AA said England’s roads are stuck in a rut with motorists facing a “plethora of potholes” on their journeys.

Council-run roads were surveyed in the 12 months to March 2021 and classed as “red” if they should be considered for maintenance.

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Figures from the Department of Transport show 1% of A roads in the East Riding were put in this worst category – unchanged from in 2019-20.

And 4% of B and C roads were also in need of work.

The proportion of A roads in need of repair is among the lowest in England, where one in every 25 miles is in poor condition.

The examinations are largely done using scanner machines, which identify sections of road worn by use or affected by ruts, bumps or potholes.

However, the DfT said a different method was used in the East Riding which means the area should not be directly compared to others.

The DfT said the proportion of roads in the red category is “stable” following a slight increase during 2019-20, but there has been no change since 2015-16.

A recent AA survey indicated that nine out of 10 drivers want the Government to heavily invest in fixing local roads.

The organisation’s head of roads policy, Jack Cousens, said: “While the Government claims road conditions are ‘stable’, the reality is that they are stuck in a rut. Road users don’t have to travel too far from home to see a plethora of potholes, fractured tarmac, worn away surfaces and faded road markings which make driving and cycling uncomfortable at best and dangerous at worst.”

The DfT figures suggest the smallest roads in England are in an even worse condition than classified ones, with one in every six miles in the “red” category. In the East Riding, 24% of unclassified roads were in need of maintenance in 2020-21 – unchanged from a year previously.

A DfT spokesman said: “The Government is investing over £5 billion in roads maintenance over this Parliament, enough to fill in millions of potholes a year, repair dozens of bridges, and help resurface roads up and down the country.”