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England's roads 'getting worse'

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Figures showing the deteriorating condition of England's roads are causing concerns for motorists who risk vehicle damage and unexpected claims on their car insurance policies from cracked surfaces and potholes.

According to official figures from the Department for Transport (DfT), the overall state of England's motorways, trunk roads and local authority roads has deteriorated slightly.

DfT's assessment is relative to a 100-point score for the road network in 2006/07. A higher score indicates a rise in the proportion of good roads and lower values show worsening conditions.

The score for 2009/10 was down to 98 from 100 in 2008/09, with 6% of the network deemed to be in a poor condition. A roads were in a better state than B roads and minor routes, the report indicated.

East Midlands had the best roads among all regions, followed by London and the North East. Drivers in Yorkshire and the Humber and the South West saw the worst deterioration in road surfaces over the year.

Around 68% of the classified road network (motorways, A roads and B roads) were described by the DfT as being in a good condition, 26% in a reasonable condition and 6% in a poor condition.

About 4% of the motorway and A road network required further investigation to assess its immediate maintenance needs in 2009/10 - a slightly lower figure than 2008/09.

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