Following its annual survey of councils, the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) says that In England and Wales there is one pothole for every 120 yards of road.
The AIA estimates the cost of bringing the condition of roads up to scratch is £8.5bn, and that it would take more than 15 years to repair all 94,000 potholes.
Mike Linley, AIA chairman, said: "Allowing our roads to deteriorate into such a condition is irresponsible on several levels.
"Local authority highway departments should not have to bear the brunt of public complaints when they are the ones who have the will and expertise to get our roads fixed. The situation could be resolved relatively swiftly by finding funding solutions that bring the bonus of creating more jobs around the country."
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