AA calls for more roadworks during Lockdown 2

The President of the AA says reduced traffic during the latest Government restrictions due to its response to the Coronvirus crisis means road works could happen safely without causing congestion.

Edmund King has told the BBC councils have a “unique opportunity” to fix potholes, road junctions and roadside drainage.

He’s suggested local authorities should ask drivers to move their vehicles to car parks near disused shops, pubs and restaurants while repairs take place.

King told the BBC, “Lower traffic levels during lockdown give highway authorities a unique opportunity to fill potholes, improve junctions and road drainage, safely and without causing congestion.

“If this can be done before the colder weather kicks in, it will help prevent further road degradation and all road users, whether on two wheels or four, will benefit.”

A Department for Transport spokesperson told the Corporation, “The government has set out that construction can continue during the national restrictions, with employers following Covid-secure guidelines, meaning highways authorities are able to take advantage of the quieter roads to maintain and improve the network.”


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