Pothole repair backlog on English roads will take 14 years to complete

Pothole repair backlog on English roads will take 14 years to complete

It will take 14 years to clear the backlog of road repairs in England, compared with 10.9 in 2006, councils are warning.

The amount of time it would take to fix the potholes in England's roads, excluding London, has soared by almost a third in the past decade, according to figures published by the Local Government Association (LGA).

The organisation, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, reports almost two million potholes are fixed each year.

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The number of vehicle breakdowns caused by pothole-related damage has more than doubled over the last 10 years, a study from the RAC revealed earlier this year

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According to the figures, 0.9% of all call-outs received by the RAC in the year to June 2016 were for pothole-related breakdowns, up from 0.4% in the 12 months to June 2006.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance also finds that it would cost £11.8 billion to repair roads in England and Wales to a reasonable standard.

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The LGA is urging the Treasury to invest more money in road maintenance.

It hopes an announcement in next month's Autumn Statement will mean a further £1 billion a year will be used help tackle potholes.

Martin Tett, LGA transport spokesman, 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 £12 billion, and it could be nearly 2030, before we could bring them up to scratch and clear the current roads repair backlog.”

The RAC have also called for more to be done to solve the problem.

The RAC’s Nick Lyes said: Potholes are causing damage to our nation’s vehicles – as the RAC reported, in 2015 there was a 24% year-on-year rise in pothole damage related call-outs.

The state of our local roads is now so serious that motorists tell us that fixing the problem is their number one priority.

After last year’s Autumn Budget the organisation also advised councils to use preventative maintenance rather than just short-term remedial repairs.

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