UK pothole crisis getting worse

UK pothole crisis getting worse

The state of the nation's roads has worsened in the last year and is not likely to improve any time soon, according to an alarming new report.

Councils in England, other than those in the capital, need £90.3 million on average to carry out the required pothole repairs in their area - £21.1 million more than last year, the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has revealed.

The AIA also claims the Government would need to make a massive £12 billion available to return the nation's roads to a reasonable condition. Last year the estimate was £10.5 billion.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "Potholes are the bane of motorists' lives. This year the degradation of our roads seems to be worse than ever with the pothole becoming an all-year round issue.

"We want to see our roads brought up to a more acceptable standard, especially given the fact motorists pay in excess of £45bn to the Treasury each year. The Government has made various new pots of money available for local authorities to fix potholes but this really is a drop in the ocean compared to what's actually needed put the roads right.

"Potholes need to be fixed as permanently as possible so they don't become a costly recurring problem and to avoid the problems developing in the first place roads should really be resurfaced more frequently."

It is thought that roads are resurfaced every 68 years on average when the recommended time span is no more than 20 years for most routes.

Figures show local authorities are receiving 540 compensation claims a year for vehicle damage caused by potholes, a rise of a fifth on the number of claims they dealt with in the previous 12 months.

The AIA says motorists should not be afraid to make compensation claims rather than car insurance claims if their cars suffer damage this year because of poor road surfaces, as they will not be the only ones to do so.

Copyright Press Association 2014