Good condition of shire’s roads highlighted in Audit Scotland report

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AUDIT Scotland has highlighted the good condition of Aberdeenshire’s road network in a national report released last month.

‘Maintaining Scotland’s Roads’ was published on Wednesday, February 16, and provides an overview of road conditions across the country.

The report outlined that 70% of Aberdeenshire roads are in ‘good’ condition, making the area one of the highest scoring in Scotland. Aberdeenshire Council maintains more than 5,600 kilometres of roads throughout the north-east and is fully committed to their maintenance.

The area’s roads network is spread across a diverse area from mountain to sea and is affected by a number of different urban and rural considerations such as volume of traffic and extreme weather.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Peter Argyle, said: “This is extremely positive news and it’s good to hear our area has scored so highly in a national roads assessment. “The last two winters have been particularly challenging and this endorsement goes a long way to highlighting the good work done by our roads crews throughout the year. “We’ve also received a welcome boost with the announcement that Nestrans has allocated £403,000 for roads maintenance works in our area.

“The money will fully fund projects on the A947 from Newmachar to Whiterashes and the A98 from Smiddybone to Kindrough, Portsoy.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Jill Webster, added: “While the Audit Scotland report is very favourable, there is always room for improvement and our teams are continually looking at getting the best possible value from the available budgets.

“As with all areas of public expenditure resources are constrained but through making best use of budgets we will be better placed to keep our roads in as good as a condition as possible.”

Council officers carry out regular inspections of the roads network and residents are encouraged to report potholes and road surface defects to the authority for inspection and repair on a priority basis.

Residents can report potholes and road defects to the council by calling: 08456 081205,