By James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:11 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 01:16 BST, 1 July 2019
Cash-strapped councils are failing to tackle the 'plague of potholes', MPs have warned.
A damning report has highlighted the 'extreme state of disrepair' of the road network in towns and villages across Britain.
But councils claim that almost £10billion is needed to fix the huge backlog of repairs – and even if they had the cash it would take a decade to complete the work.
In their report MPs said that town halls faced with swingeing budget cuts from central government are resorting to a 'make do and mend approach'.
A damning report has highlighted the 'extreme state of disrepair' of the road network in towns and villages across Britain
Rather than resurfacing stretches of crumbling tarmac at greater expense, potholes are filled in on the cheap – often quickly opening up again.
The transport committee report criticised this approach, arguing that the 'deteriorating local road network' undermines the local economy and ultimately leads to spiralling costs to taxpayers – often due to the rising bill for major work which is put off. It also warned potholes are damaging vehicles and posing a danger to drivers, passengers and cyclists.
It added that pedestrians, the elderly and vulnerable 'can be left feeling anxious and