Official Statistics

Road conditions in England to March 2019

Road condition statistics on local authority roads and Highways England managed roads in England.


Road conditions in England to March 2019 tables

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Information on the condition of roads in England, as well as other aspects of highways maintenance to March 2019.

The data comes from multiple sources including Highways England and Local Authorities. Some data from local authorities form part of the Single Data List, making the provision of data a mandatory requirement.

In the period ending March 2019, local authorities reported that:

  • 3% of the local their ‘A’ road network
  • 6% of their ‘B’ and ‘C’ road network
  • 16% of their unclassified road network

in England were categorised as red (should have been considered for maintenance). These figures are broadly in line with the previous 3 years.

Of the roads managed by Highways England:

  • 4% of motorways
  • 7% of ‘A’ roads

should have been considered for maintenance in period ending March 2019.

An updated interactive map has been published alongside this release. It presents information on the proportion of local authority managed ‘A’ roads, and ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads combined, that were categorised as red for the period ending 2019. The map also covers data for earlier years.

For this year’s statistical release local authorities provided data on a voluntary basis for their amber and green roads for the financial years ending 2018 and 2019. For local authorities that provided data, the figures have been published for local authority managed ‘A’ roads in the financial years ending 2018 and 2019.

The statistical release does not present maintenance expenditure statistics for the financial year ending 2019. This is because the source data for local roads had not been published at the point of production of this release. An update of maintenance expenditure information for the financial year ending 2019 will be published in December 2019.

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Road condition statistics

Published 3 October 2019