Highway services are the most improved in the country in new survey

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Roads in Northumberland are the most improved in the country, according to a national survey.

Northumberland County Council has been named the most improved county council nationally for its highways and transportation services, road maintenance and condition of roads in the Highways and Transportation Public Satisfaction Survey.

It was also in the top 10 of all councils for improvement in public satisfaction levels, sixth overall for highways maintenance services and fourth most improved for condition of highways.

The annual report compared 78 highways authorities in England and Scotland.

Council Leader Grant Davey said: “This is a tremendous achievement by our highways staff, who have come up with innovative and effective solutions to maintaining and improving our extensive rural roads network.”

The authority has modernised its approach to road repairs and invested in new technology, which helped to clear a backlog of 35,000 potholes by June this year. Nationally the average cost of repairing each pothole is £52, but in Northumberland it is £15. Drainage works were also carried out.