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Fit for purpose roads

Photo A.Gloucestershire has a wide variety of roads, from high volume dual carriageways in congested urban environments to single lane rural roads connecting small farms or villages. It is not possible to maintain every road to a high standard, the backlog of deterioration and limited funding simply makes this impossible. 

The travelling public can expect to find a condition which is safe and consistent with the type and location of that particular road.  Simply put, a motorist would expect the condition of a Class A road carrying high volumes of traffic at speed to be in a high standard of repair without safety defects or significant depressions in the running lane (Photo A).

Whereas the motorist using an unclassified road in a very rural environment should not be surprised to find a road surface that may have minor potholes, depressions or other deterioration (Photo B).  

Photo B.Likewise, there is an expectation within the Highway Code that motorists drive at a speed appropriate to the type of road and the conditions.  

Page updated: 18/10/2021 Page updated by: GCC

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