You might already be aware of this: click here Apparently, something called Stone Mastic Asphalt is routinely being used on our roads and it's so low-grip that most other European countries have banned its use. It's doubly bad for bikers because it may never wear down and gain grip in the barely-used middle part of the road, as if you didn't have enough to watch out for on winter roads.
Interesting read. It may explain why the bit of road they have re-surfaced near me is like riding on an ice rink. Seems to be as bad as that stuff they seal the joins with. Now that is slippery stuff. The general state of the road I use to get to work is diabolical, it's like riding through a ploughed field at times. It has more patches on it than a patchwork quilt.
Did you ever ride a bike dear FE? I in my 61st year went out in the sunshine today, I was warm as I had the right clothing on, and I bet I had more fun than the person daudling in front of me through Royston in their Smart car. I will go to work on it this week so long as it isn't icy or snowing, and will overtake all the traffic following lorries up the A10 in a safeway and certainly not over the speed limit, no Mobilephone to disturb me and if it is dark not like a lot of car drivers I don't mind putting my headlights on. The roads are a mess potholes all over and very worrying car drivers.