Wrecked roads will be 'reviewed'

A "review" of Scotland's road network has begun in light of the fact it is littered with damage to the tune of £2.25 billion.

The figure was estimated by Audit Scotland, which has just published a damning report on the state of the country's roads.

Scottish transport minister Keith Brown admitted on Friday that he accepted the auditor's recommendations.

Robert Black, auditor general for Scotland, told Holyrood's Public Audit Committee on Wednesday that his own car was off the road because of damage from a pothole. Committee convener Hugh Henry admitted the findings "posed a challenge to politicians of all parties".

Motorists are often forced to use theirbreakdown cover because of damage wreaked by potholes and damage to road surfaces.

Mr Brown has now announced a national review, looking at how the road network is managed and maintained, scheduled to finish in the autumn with a summit to discuss its findings.

The minister said: "Scotland's road network, both local and strategic, plays a vital part in supporting Scotland's economy by getting people to work and ensuring businesses operate effectively."

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