Road works done at worst times, says spending watchdog

A report from the Government spending watchdog has concluded funding patterns mean most road repairs are being carried out at “less efficient, cold and wet” times. 

The National Audit Office (NAO) report says a combination of the current pattern of funding and the need to spend money within the financial year means most maintenance work is undertaken between September and March. The report explains that although this is less disruptive for road users, it is also less effective than if it took place at other times of the year, when there would be more daylight hours and materials would be easier to work with. 

The report comes at a time when the Government has announced legislation to turn the Highways Agency into a government-owned company. 

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