Road conditions in England to March 2020 and March 2021 (statistics)

Organisation: Department for Transport (DfT)
Date of Publication: November 2021
Uploaded to Knowledge Centre: 15 December 2021

This statistical bulletin provides information on the condition of roads in England, as well as other aspects of highways maintenance in the years to March 2020 and March 2021.

The data comes from multiple sources including National Highways (formerly 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 2021, local authorities in England reported that:

  • 4% of their ‘A’ road network
  • 6% of their ‘B’ and ‘C’ road network
  • 17% of their unclassified road network

were categorised as red (should have been considered for maintenance).

Of the roads managed by National Highways:

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

should have been considered for maintenance in period ending March 2021.

Local authorities provided data on a voluntary basis for their amber and green roads for the financial years ending 2020 and 2021. This information was published for ‘A’ roads for the first time in the 2019 release. Where local authorities have provided this information for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021, this has been included for ‘A’ roads alongside experimental statistics for ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads.

Alongside these official statistics, new experimental statistics have also been published in ‘Experimental Statistics: Local Road Condition SCANNER data report, April 2017 to March 2021’, April 2017 to March 2021. This uses the underlying SCANNER data from local authorities to provide more granular analysis of road condition.

An new interactive map has been published alongside the release, which presents information at road level on the condition of local authority managed classified (‘A’ roads, ‘B’ and ‘C’ roads), by condition category. This covers two time periods with data shown on the map for specific LAs, where this was available, in 2017 to 2019 and 2019 to 2021 respectively.

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