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Poll highlights dissatisfaction at state of UK road network

Poll highlights dissatisfaction at state of UK road network

16th January 2020 | 0 Comments

As we have just passed the 5th Annual ‘National Pothole Day’ on 15th January in the UK, a poll shows almost half of UK residents think the state of repair in UK roads has reached ‘crisis’ point.

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First Line oil sumps tackle increased risk of damage on UK roads

First Line oil sumps tackle increased risk of damage on UK roads

16th August 2018 | 0 Comments

Reflecting the poor surface quality of many of the UK’s road network, with its potholes and debris, as well as the increase in speed humps and ramps, the number of vehicles entering the workshop with damage to their oil sumps caused not just by impacts, but from corrosion to exposed surfaces, has risen considerably.

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NFDA comments on National Pothole Day

16th January 2017 | 0 Comments

“The amount of potholes we see on UK’s roads is very concerning as this is not just a serious safety issue, but an economic one too,” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK.

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Get ready for National Pothole Day

27th November 2015 | 0 Comments

Following the great success of last year’s inaugural National Pothole Day, www.streetrepairs.co.uk is proud to announce National Pothole Day on 15th January 2016.

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KPMG calls for greater investment in roads and transport

10th July 2015 | 0 Comments

James Stamp, head of transport at KPMG UK comments on the Chancellor’s commitment to invest in UK roads. He said: “In the last budget, the Government announced a major road investment program worth £15billion. Today, the Chancellor announced that road tax (VED) income will be "ring fenced". This provides some clarity about where funding for the ambitious road projects will be found.

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Potholes ‘cost UK drivers £730m last year’

15th June 2015 | 1 Comment

An analysis of RAC breakdowns has shown that potholes are more of a problem to British drivers than ever, according to a spokesperson for Click4Warranty. Faulty suspension and damaged springs are traditional indicators of the condition of Britain’s road surfaces. More faulty springs means more potholes and more potholes means more wear and tear on your vehicle. Britain has seen a dramatic increase in the number of suspension-related repairs in the UK over the last three years, with the annual cost for drivers reaching £730m.

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Asphalt industry: pothole repair investment barely keeps up

Asphalt industry: pothole repair investment barely keeps up

26th March 2015 | 0 Comments

The 20th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey highlights a 33 per cent increase in the number of potholes filled over the last year. However, according to the asphalt industry, even this increase barely keeps pace with the damage done to roads each year. Indeed, the asphalt industry said the money invested was “wasted”. Despite local authorities reporting an increase in their overall maintenance budget, one in six roads in England and Wales are still classed as being in poor condition and an estimated £12.16 billion is needed to get the local road network back into reasonable condition.

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£6 billion to be invested in fixing potholes

£6 billion to be invested in fixing potholes

23rd December 2014 | 0 Comments

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that a record £6 billion will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021. The announcement was made today (23 December 2014) and the investment amounts to £976 million a year, apparently enough to fix around 18 million potholes across the country. Patrick McLoughlin said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends. It is vital we have good quality roads. This government has already taken strong action by spending £1 billion more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament.

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Continental OE on MAN trucks and buses

Continental OE on MAN trucks and buses

29th April 2014 | 0 Comments

As of May 2014, a number of Continental truck and bus tyres will be fitted to MAN vehicles as original equipment. The steer axle Conti EcoPlus HS3 and drive axle Conti EcoPlus HD3 in sizes 315/70R22.5 and 315/70R22.5 XL are the first sizes to be approved by MAN Truck & Bus. The company has also selected Continental bus tyres for fitment to its MAN and Neoplan brands; three versions of the Conti Coach HA3, including an ‘ED’ (Extra Duty) version developed for use on demanding roads, will be supplied as original equipment.

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‘Good company. Always’ ad campaign from Maxxis

28th April 2014 | 0 Comments

Maxxis International has launched a new advertising campaign that focuses on the people who trust its tyres to deliver on the world’s roads, racetracks and off-road courses. The new ‘Good company. Always.’ campaign will run in trade, motorsport and consumer media throughout 2014, highlighting the benefits of using the manufacturer’s tyres through the people that use them for personal and professional transport.

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Driving tests in foreign languages banned

Driving tests in foreign languages banned

22nd April 2014 | 0 Comments

Driving tests will only be allowed to be taken in English and Welsh from today (7th April) in a bid to improve safety and clamp down on fraud, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond has announced. Theory tests have previously been available with voiceovers in 19 foreign languages and candidates could use an interpreter on both the theory and practical driving tests. But changes which come into effect today were introduced after a consultation showed more than 70 per cent supported the withdrawal of foreign language voiceovers and interpreters.

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HiQ warns of state of British roads, as car repairs rise

HiQ warns of state of British roads, as car repairs rise

3rd April 2014 | 0 Comments

The extremely wet British winter has had a devastating impact on the state of roads across the UK, a report by the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) has revealed. As a knock-on effect of the potholes, fast fit and garage network HiQ says that more motorists have been forced to repair their cars, increasing the number of such jobs by 14 per cent in November 2013 – February 2014 compared to the same period in 2012-2013.

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HGV charges ‘level playing field’, says DfT

HGV charges ‘level playing field’, says DfT

1st April 2014 | 0 Comments

As of today, HGVs of 12 tonnes and more will pay a charge to use UK roads. The introduction of the new HGV levy has been introduced a year ahead of schedule and is paired with a reduction in Vehicle Excise Duty. The Department for Transport says the VED reduction means that nine out of ten UK registered HGVs will pay no more under the new system than they did before 1 April 2014. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin describes the implementation of a user-pays system that also covers foreign hauliers, who previously were not charged for road use in Britain, as a step that will “provide a massive boost for the UK haulage industry.”

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Road lines don’t come up to the mark

14th March 2014 | 0 Comments

Half of all road markings on England’s highways are so worn that they need replacing immediately or need to be scheduled for replacement now, according to a survey of nearly 4,000km of the country’s roads. LifeLines England, a report based on the survey carried out by the Road Safety Markings Association, and published today (13 March), found that 52 per cent of markings on motorways, 42 per cent on dual carriageways, and 48 per cent on single carriageways all need replacing immediately or need to be scheduled for replacement now. The survey, the most comprehensive published of its kind, also shows that just 16 per cent of markings on England’s motorways and 13 per cent on single carriageways make the “excellent” grade.

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FTA calls for more reliable, resilient roads

10th March 2014 | 0 Comments

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the Government's decision to offer local highway authorities £80 million to fix the roads most damaged by severe weather. However, with the possibility that we will see more occasions when severe weather will affect our road network, highway authorities must look at their whole life maintenance plans to build and maintain more reliable, resilient roads.

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