Motorists in Shropshire are being plagued by more than 200 different sets of roadworks across the county, new figures revealed today.
There are 47 sets of ongoing roadworks in Shrewsbury, 55 in Telford, 18 in Oswestry and 17 in Ludlow.
Whitchurch has 15, Market Drayton and Bridgnorth each have eight, there are seven in Wem and Tenbury Wells and Newport have six and five respectively.
Two sets of roadworks are being carried out on the M54, and minor works are also being carried out on smaller roads and lanes across the county.
Shropshire Council chiefs defended the amount of work and say they are doing everything possible to keep traffic moving.
Nationally, the figures show that frustrated motorists have to contend with up to 19,000 sets of roadworks which stretch for a staggering 1,434 miles – almost twice the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats.
The study has been carried out by breakdown company Britannia Rescue through traffic website roadworks.org.
On Monday more work to resurface roads across the county got under way, with disruption being caused on the A41 near Newport, on the A458 at the Shelton lights in Shrewsbury, on the A49 Ashton to Brimfield, on the A483 in Llanymynech, on the A525 near Whitchurch and on the B5068 at Duddleston Heath.
The latest roadworks project is part of a £2 million programme of investment to improve the highway network and council bosses expect the work to be finished by Easter.
Meanwhile motorway drivers have faced 50mph speed limits between junctions six and seven of the M54 at Telford since last October as work is carried out to replace the barriers and signs on the westbound carriageway.
And motorists have faced long delays in Shrewsbury town centre since the end of January due to phase two of the £1.5 million scheme to enhance Shrewsbury’s ‘northern gateway’, with key roads such as Smithfield Road, Castle Gates, Cross Street and Howard Street all hit by roadworks.
Shropshire Council chiefs today said making road improvements remained one of their ‘top priorities’ .
They maintained that they do everything possible to minimise disruption for drivers and residents.
The authority plans to introduce a permit scheme this autumn meaning utilities companies will be required to get a permit before carrying out work, to reduce the number of roadworks taking place at short notice.
Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “Improving and maintaining the condition of our roads is one of our top priorities.”