Motorists are facing “catastrophic” conditions on Britain’s roads as councils are hopelessly trying to patch up potholes despite a lack of funds, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned (Telegraph).
Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the LGA transport board, said decades of under-funding by central Government and appalling weather conditions has left miles of road in a dangerous condition.
He warned that further extensive flooding or severe winters could have “catastrophic consequences” for the nation’s roads if councils are not given the necessary funding to upgrade their carriageways and escape “the false economy of chasing potholes."
His comments came as a survey by the AA found a third of drivers suffered pothole damage to their vehicles.
Cllr Box said: “Under funding by Whitehall, severe winters and last year’s widespread flooding has left large swathes of our roads in disrepair with many councils struggling to move beyond simply patching up a deteriorating network.”
Councils have tackled millions of potholes in the last two years to keep roads safe and passable and many councils are using new technology and extra funds to tackle the new batch of potholes, reports the Telegraph.
However, Cllr Box said councils need “increased and consistent funding” to invest in resurfacing projects in order to see a long-term improvement.
The AA’s survey of 22,827 members found that drivers in Scotland suffered worst from potholes, where 44% said they had suffered damage to their vehicles.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “The fact that one third of our members have had their car damaged by potholes is a damning indictment of the state of our roads – they’re a national embarrassment.”
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