The traffic in the roads of the United Kingdom is has doubled in the last few decades. However, the infrastructures of the road have suffered throughout to a great extent in this period. Under the Global Competitiveness Index, the country of United Kingdom has ranked 30th in terms of quality and falls far behind the other European countries such as Germany, Spain, France and Netherlands (Schwab, 2014).
A recent example of the deteriorating road has been observed on Peach road in Reading, Berkshire. The Sunday morning turned out to be very gloomy and dangerous for the morning walkers of the residents of the Peach Road (Parking, Roads & Transport. (n.d.). Even though it is true that snowfall is creating havoc on the roads it is also true that the roads are not at all in a very good conditions. This is creating a very huge problem for the residents in this area. There have been a huge number of complaints with regard to the conditions of the road. However, nothing much had been done regarding the issue. On Sunday morning, a child of six years narrowly escaped being driven over by a car when he fell down while walking on the rough roads.
Mr. Chris Brown, the father of the child seemed quite furious over the issue. He stated that he would definitely make attempts to take the matter to the authorities in charge so that the issue is resolved soon. Most of the people in the neighborhood area echoed his views and stated that an immediate action is the only option that is available for the local authorities.
Mrs. Jenifer Smith, a banker and a regular shopper says, “I am really having a lot of problem walking. Once the snow is removed it is becoming even more difficult to walk. I also have a back problem and this is simply adding to my agony. The local authorities should immediately take steps to improve the situation.”
Another morning walker Mr. David Jones had an even more serious issue to be handled. He said, “I was walking with my son last night when suddenly my son fell victim to the crater. It was fortunate that the roads where vacant.”
It seems quite evident that the people in this area is quite miffed with the local authorities and are expecting a quick solution to their problem. However, the government has been quite immune to these problems. Even though the government has been considering this issue lately with a lot of priority, no constructive work has been done in this regard (The road ahead: How will the election result affect UK drivers?; 2015, February 6). There are huge estimations as to adding and improving more than one thousand and three hundred lane miles in more than hundred projects.
The accident on Sunday morning did not take place and it is expected that before any such thing happens the local bodies as well the government would take the necessary steps to improve the conditions of the road.
Schwab, K., (2014, December). The global competitiveness report 2014-2015. Geneva: World Economic Forum.
The road ahead: How will the election result affect UK drivers? (2015, February 6). The Guardian. Retrieved February 27, 2015, from https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/feb/06/road-ahead-transport-policy-may-2015
Parking, Roads & Transport. (n.d.). Retrieved February 27, 2015, from https://beta.reading.gov.uk/transportandstreets