The roads that run through Surrey have among the highest levels of use in the UK, providing access to jobs, schools, services and businesses. This high level of use makes road management a principle task for Surrey County Council.
Matthew Smith, Labour candidate for Guildford South West, inspects one of many potholes in the ward.
In the latest National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction Survey, which polls residents on their opinion of highways maintenance, SCC ranked 18th out of 27 for overall satisfaction across the survey, for County Councils that took part. Surrey’s roads are a mess and are poorly managed and maintained, yet the Tories recently extended their highways contract with Kier which started in 2011.
Labour will break up this relationship and introduce proper competition, coordination and planning for the benefit of all residents improving safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. We would invest in maintaining and improving the quality of Surrey’s roads to reduce the number of potholes, increase the speed of repair and improve drainage. We will also work to improve the condition of our pavements which have been repaired haphazardly and inadequately for too long.