The pothole backlog on British roads threatens smooth motoring for a long time to come, Labour has warned.
Research commissioned by the party said it will take at least seven years to plug the existing potholes unless there is a radical overhaul in the maintenance and funding systems.
Maintenance costs would run up to seven times the size of councils' annual road budget, according to the estimate prepared by local authorities.
And the comprehensive funding review introduced by the Government with a view to reducing the mounting debt has forced more than half (53%) of councils to cut back on their maintenance budget.
With motoring becoming a tough ordeal on the pothole-filled roads, motorists who are already under squeeze due to rises in taxes, fuel costs andcar insurance premiums are sure to face further financial misery with surging maintenance bills.
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