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Road satisfaction levels 'falling'

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The level of satisfaction with the quality of roads has fallen further as cash-squeezed councils struggle with repair and maintenance, research shows.

A survey by the Institution of Civil Engineers (Ice) found that just over a third of people are currently happy with the state of the roads - down from half in the last quarter of 2010 and far below the 62% figure from the first such poll in 2008.

Overall satisfaction with public transport is down from 63% last quarter to 52%, said Ice after surveying 2,050 people.

Potholes that have sprung up following the severe winter weather are the chief source of frustration, with the poor state of the roads leading to a rise in the number of damage-related car insurance claims.

Ice vice president Geoff French said the additional £200 million recently granted by the Government for road repairs would be insufficient "when spread across a large number of authorities".

He added: "The funding shortfall inevitably leads to a maintenance backlog and puts councils under immense pressure to deal with the problem.

"This leads to 'quick fix' maintenance that fails to tackle the root of the problem, leading to more work and expense for local authorities down the line, and more frustration for the public."

Local transport minister Norman Baker said: "Despite the current severe fiscal restraints, we are providing £3 billion to councils for road maintenance over the next four years and an additional £6 million for longer-term strategies."

© Press Association 2011