Fund Launched To Ease UK Pothole Problem

Britain’s roads are seeing an increasing number of potholes, with drivers becoming increasingly frustrated at not only the number, but also the length of time taken to address them. The stats regarding repairs don’t make for pretty reading either, with estimates suggesting it would take 14 years to repair every pothole on UK roads, as well as costing an astonishing £11.8bn in the process.

The government does plan to pledge £250m to the cause, but many feel it isn’t enough.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the country. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils £250 million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.”

Cllr Peter Box, Transport spokesman at the Local Government Association, said: "It is becoming increasingly urgent to address the roads crisis we face as a nation. Our roads are deteriorating fast and it would take almost £12billion and be close to 2030 before we could bring them up to scratch.

"Our roads crisis is only going to get worse unless we address it as a national priority. The Government's own traffic projections predict a potential increase in local traffic of more than 40 per cent by 2040. Councils desperately need long-term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing projects which our road network desperately needs over the next decade."

Roger Geffen MBE, also commented: “The Government has allocated £6bn over the next five years to maintain England’s trunk roads and motorways, amounting to 2% of England’s road network, yet they are only giving councils another £6bn to maintain the remaining 98% of the network over the same period.

“What that means is that 80% of the roads for long-distance traffic will be fully resurfaced, while the council-controlled local roads used by pedestrians and cyclists for local journeys are left to rot and crumble. This will inevitably mean more deaths and injuries to cyclists, with councils being forced to make utterly wasteful compensation payouts instead of being able to repair our local road networks properly.”