Roads and highways top public's targets for investment

Nearly half of the public put roads and highways at the top of their list of areas that need investment, according to a poll today.

The latest public service satisfaction survey by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) shows roads and highways have retained their position as the public’s first or second priority for more investment since the first quarter of 2010, following the worst winter for 30 years which exacerbated existing road defects and led to a 40 per cent increase in the number of pot holes.

This caused satisfaction on the state of UK roads and highways to plummet from 60 per cent down to 46 per cent.

Public transport came a close second to roads and highways in the public’s priority areas for investment with 40 per cent of respondents placing this as their first or second priority area.

The disposal of rubbish and waste was next in line with 38 per cent believing more investment is needed, up from 34 per cent in quarter two.

Respondents were more positive about services such as drinking water and sewage with 28 per cent placing this in their top two priority areas, while 21 per cent voted for more investment in flood defences and only 18 percent believe more investment in electricity and gas supply to homes is required.

The quarterly survey, which monitors attitudes to key public services in the UK such as roads, public transport, waste facilities and energy supply to homes, comes days before the government is set to reveal budget cuts reaching tens of billions across a range of departments.

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