10 bn extra needed to repair roads

A trade group has criticised the Government for not doing enough to repair pothole-ridden roads.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) said that the English and Welsh local authorities still has a lot of ground to cover. The comments came despite councils filling 1.7 million potholes in 2011.

According to a report by the alliance, local councils in England will need 11 years to fully complete the number of repairs, while authorities in Wales are looking at 17 years to clear the backlog.

Previous reports have shown thatcar insurance claims have increased due to the damage to vehicles from potholes on the roads.

Last year an estimated £90 million was used by the English and Welsh councils to fix the gaps, which on average costs £35 per cavity in Wales and £55 in England.

The Government has provided £200 million to the local authorities to help with road maintenance, which the AIA welcomed, but said that it "has proven woefully inadequate".

The group said that it would take a "one-off" sum of £10 billion to restore the streets to a "reasonable condition".

Copyright Press Association 2012