Edinburgh roads see major improvements as further investment promised

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CONDITIONS on Edinburgh’s roads have seen the most significant single year improvement in more than a decade, the city’s council has revealed.

Over £15 million was invested in roads and pavements in Scotland’s capital in 2018/19, with a further £16 million to be invested in 2020.

The road condition index (RCI), an independent rating given annually as part of Scottish roads maintenance condition survey (SRMCS), noted the condition of Edinburgh’s roads to be in their best state since 2011/12.

The work in 2020 will see over 100 carriageway and 50 footway surface treatments undertaken. The council said that it also intends to continue using ‘re-tread’ surfacing measures to recycle deteriorated road surfaces to be reused.

Repairs already carried out in the city has seen a drop in ‘category one’ road defects from 1034 in 2017/18 to 569 in 2018/19. Transport and environment convener, councillor Lesley Macinnes, said on the improvements, “These figures demonstrate in black and white the impact our approach to improving our network of roads and pavements is having.

“There is no doubt that road conditions have suffered as a result of severe winter weather last year and the downpours of this summer, and I appreciate how frustrating potholed streets and uneven pavement surfaces can be for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.

“However, I’m confident that through ongoing investment, our innovative approach to resurfacing and the range of major projects to be carried out this year, we will continue to see our streets improve.”