£10m pothole plague is to get WORSE, say cash-strapped councils

Britain's pothole plague is to get WORSE as cash-strapped councils have no money to carry out repairs estimated at £10billion Councils claim that £10billion is needed to fix huge backlog of road repairs Claims that roads are being fixed on the cheap onto the open up again  Funding for local government has fallen by around a quarter since 2010

By James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:11 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 01:16 BST, 1 July 2019

7

View
comments

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

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

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV White Sox survive Twins, Giolito bags 11th win
NEXT Beauty makeover: Elizabeth Holmes gets a fresh blow-out while dialing back on ...