Revealed: The poor condition of some of Dorset's roads

Revealed: The poor condition of some of Dorset's roads

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:21am 10th October 2019. (Updated at 11:54am 10th October 2019)

More than 180 miles of Dorset's roads are said to be in a poor condition, making them dangerous for drivers, according to the Charity Brake.

Department for Transport figures show that 7% of Dorset's council-run roads were likely to have considerable deterioration in 2018-19

That includes:

  • 9% of unclassified roads (130 miles)
  • 3% of A roads
  • 5% of B and C roads
Traffic cone Road works

Roads likely to show considerable deterioration are categorised as "poor", and may need maintenance within the next 12 months.

Brake, a charity which campaigns for road safety, says damaged roads "can contribute to potentially devastating crashes, with cyclists and motorcyclists most at risk"

A spokesman added:

“Investment in our road network is a must to help prevent the huge cost to society of a serious crash."

Jack Wiltshire, Dorset Council Head of Highways, said: 

"One of the biggest challenges in preventing road collisions is with human behaviour and the choices that we make while using the road.

"Dorset Council continues to support the Dorset Road Safety Partnership which aims to improve road user behaviour through education, training and publicity.

Police slow sign

"This year we've seen a slight increase in the condition of our roads, thanks to some additional funding last year as well as our use of high-definition camera surveys across our entire road network.

"This ensures that we are more accurately monitoring and assessing road condition so that repairs can be prioritised based on the type of damage, as well as the type of road.

"We'll continue to use a wide variety of surface treatments, using our funding efficiently to prevent our roads deteriorating and potholes forming.

"Our focus will remain on ensuring that our higher-used A and B roads are in good condition, as these carry the majority of traffic and are the essential links to communities and businesses."