Road improvements

Vast majority of drivers support £15bn road plans

Vast majority of drivers support £15bn road plans

Vast majority of drivers support £15bn road plans

The Government’s plans for £15bn of road improvements are supported by an overwhelming majority of motorists, according to a new AA Populus poll* of almost 20,000 drivers launched at a Roads Conference** in London today (8 December 2014).

In the poll 71% of AA members said that they supported a roads programme on this scale with just 11% opposing the plans. Male drivers (76%) showed higher levels of support than female drivers (61%). Older drivers were also more supportive (76% amongst over 65s) than younger drivers (69% 18-24yr olds).

In regional terms the levels of support were highest in the North East (79%), Eastern region (76%) and the North West (72%).The least support came from Londoners (66%).

After waiting for more than a quarter of a century for many of these road improvements we don’t want to see them dropped after the election

Edmund King, AA president

Take the politics out of road investment

Speaking at the conference, Edmund king, AA president, said: “We really need to take the politics out of road investment as the vast majority of people agree that substantial improvements are needed on our road infrastructure.

"It is not surprising that the regions shouting loudest are some of the region’s that have been waiting longest for improvements such as upgrades to the A1 north of Newcastle or improvements to the A47 and A12 in East Anglia. After waiting for more than a quarter of a century for many of these road improvements we don’t want to see them dropped after the election.”

Latest AA Streetwatch survey

  • After the pot hole filler funds, some roads still in a rut
  • Main roads fared better than residential streets

The AA’s latest autumn ‘Streetwatch’ survey has been tracking members’ views of UK road condition.***

The ‘AA Streetwatch’ survey results show that despite significant emergency funding over the last year, road condition is judged by AA members to be only slightly better than at this time last year, but condition is certainly improved on the ‘wet’ March 2014 result.

Condition of local streets
(national breakdown only)

The AA Streetwatch survey asks AA members to rate the condition of roads in their local area from 0 (terrible) to 10 (excellent).

 

Poor

(0 to 3)

Acceptable

(4 to 7)

Good

(8 to 10)

October 2013 29% 53% 18%
March 2014 41% 48% 11%
October 2014 28% 54% 19%

Condition of local main roads
(national breakdown only)

The AA Streetwatch survey asks AA members to rate the condition of roads in their local area from 0 (terrible) to 10 (excellent).

 

Poor

(0 to 3)

Acceptable

(4 to 7)

Good

(8 to 10)

October 2013 24% 57% 20%
March 2014 34% 54% 12%
October 2014 21% 58% 21%

Must do better

Our AA-Populus panel polls, with around 20,000 responses each month, have shown that road users are clear about what they want.  Road quality is of paramount importance to users who are fed up with poor surfaces, flooding and other visible evidence of budget cuts.  First and foremost our panel members want Government and politicians to be told that not enough of their motoring tax is spent on the roads. They also feel that these roads are falling apart so highway authorities must do better at maintaining them. 

Satisfaction only marginally improving

Our latest AA-Streetwatch survey shows that despite extra funding and repairs by highway authorities, satisfaction with road condition is only marginally improving compared to this time last year.  There remains the risk that another unpredictable winter producing bad weather will set back any marginal gains we have made in reversing the further decline of our roads.


(8 December 2014)

* Populus received 19,877 responses from AA members to its online poll between 18 and 26 November 2014. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

**Local Transport Today’s, ‘Representing the Road User’ conference, London , Monday 8 December 2014

*** Populus received 19,303 responses from AA members to its online poll between 15 and 21 October 2014.