The Daily Telegraph

Drivers risk skidding on one in four of all A-roads


MOTORISTS are at risk of skidding on more than a quarter of England’s A-road network, official figures show.

Some 26 per cent of highways need “further investigat­ion” because of fears they have inadequate skid resistance when drivers brake, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

London has the worst performanc­e for A-roads maintained by local authoritie­s, with 45 per cent deemed to be a skidding risk.

The 26 per cent skid risk on the network maintained by Highways England is the highest for that category since data started being collected in 2007-08.

Separate DfT figures show more than 11,000 vehicles skidded in accidents on dry road surfaces in Britain in 2015.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “Potholes are bad enough, but not being able to stop in time adds another dimension to the danger faced by drivers and other road users.

“It means that, if a law-abiding driver is travelling within the speed limit and a child steps out, what may have been an avoidable accident could become a tragedy.”

Mr King went on: “In monetary terms, cutbacks on road maintenanc­e leading to more collisions and casualties pass the costs on to insurance claims and the NHS. And, sometimes, victims pay the ultimate price.”

Martin Tett, of the Local Government Associatio­n, representi­ng councils in England and Wales, said: “It is wrong and unfair that the Government allocates almost 40 times more money per mile to maintainin­g national roads, which it controls, compared with local roads, which are overseen by councils.”

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