Pothole repairs 'could require £10bn to put right'
- Published on Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:33
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The total cost of bringing Britain's roads back up to scratch could exceed £10 billion, a new study claims.According to the research by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), there are now more than two million potholes on the nation's highways for the first time(March 31st)
Despite a 59 per cent increase in the number of potholes filled last year to more than 2.2 million, the organisation warns there is a serious problem with the condition of the local network.
The 16th annual local authority road maintenance (ALARM) survey suggests the current bill for repairs is at a record high, following damage caused to surfaces by a series of severe winters.
Chairman of the AIA Colin Loveday states:
"The annual shortfall in budget has increased this year and spending review cuts translate to a potential loss of another £440 million over the next four years."
In related news, a poll of 20 local authorities by RAC discovered 12 of those questioned had been forced by budget cuts to carry out short-term repairs rather than more permanent fixes.
Source: Cilt UK