Transport supremo Stuart Hughes will need to burn the midnight oil …
“More than 2,500 bridges in England are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a study has found.
The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges are not suitable for 44 tonne vehicles.
Devon County Council has the highest number of substandard bridges with 249, followed by Somerset (210) and Essex (160). …”
“Nearly one in four minor roads in Devon are in a state of “considerable deterioration” and need attention within the next year.
The latest figures from the Department for Transport have revealed that 23% of the minor road network in the county was put into the ‘red’ category by inspectors in 2016-17.
This means that when these roads were surveyed they were found to have a wide range of surface damage and deterioration and were expected to need maintenance within the next 12 months.
The minor road network – or “unclassified” – includes any public local roads that are not classed as A, B or C, and which are not residential streets or agricultural tracks.
It makes up more than half of the total road network in Devon in terms of length.
In comparison, across England only 17% of the unclassified road network was considered to potentially need maintenance.
Meanwhile, a further 13% of B and C roads and 3% of the A road network in Devon is also considered to be in a state of serious deterioration.
In terms of the state of B and C roads, that’s higher than the national average – across the country, just 6% of the B and C network and 3% of all principal roads are in this condition.”