Around one in every 25 miles of main road in Cumbria needs repairing, figures suggest.

The AA said England’s roads are stuck in a rut with motorists facing a 'plethora of potholes' on their journeys.

Council-run roads were surveyed in the 12 months to March 2021 and classed as 'red' if they should be considered for maintenance.

Figures from the Department of Transport show four per cent of A roads in Cumbria were put in this worst category – up from three per cent in 2019-20.

And 10 per cent of B and C roads were also in need of work.

The proportion of A roads in need of repair is matches the average across England, where one in every 25 miles is in poor condition.

Portfolio holder for transport at Cumbria County Council, Councillor Keith Little, said: "Rurality is always a big problem for Cumbria, we have lots of roads with low volume.

"When they get monitored they often get found to have small faults.

"As far as the county council is concerned, we are limited with funding, relying on Government budgets."

He warned that going into winter, the damage to our roads could worsen.

The spell of bad weather in the flooding weeks ago caused almost £1,000,000 in damage to Cumbria's roads.

A recent AA survey indicated that nine out of 10 drivers want the Government to heavily invest in fixing local roads.

The organisation’s head of roads policy, Jack Cousens, said: “While the Government claims road conditions are ‘stable’, the harsh reality is that they are stuck in a rut.

“Road users don’t have to travel too far from home to see a plethora of potholes, fractured tarmac, worn away surfaces and faded road markings which make driving and cycling uncomfortable at best and dangerous at worst.”

The DfT figures suggest the smallest roads in England are in an even worse condition than classified ones, with one in every six miles in the "red" category.

The RAC said it is "hugely concerning" how many smaller roads are earmarked for maintenance, as unclassified roads in more rural areas tend to have worse safety records.

Nicholas Lyes, RAC head of roads policy, said: “We had hoped that the fact so few people were using the roads last year because of the pandemic would have given councils a golden opportunity to catch up on much-needed road repairs.

“Sadly, this data appears to show there’s still a huge amount to be done.

“Given the vast sums drivers pay in taxes every year, it’s only reasonable for them to expect all roads to be in a good condition.”

A DfT spokesman said: “The Government is investing over £5 billion in roads maintenance over this Parliament, enough to fill in millions of potholes a year, repair dozens of bridges, and help resurface roads up and down the country.”