A survey has found that it would cost nearly £12 billion to bring the UK’s road network back into a worthy condition, and that these repairs would take 14 years to complete.
In the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey, it was revealed that local councils are now under even more financial pressure because of government cuts – making it harder for them to repair roads properly.
Now sitting at £11.8 billion, the total repair cost for the country’s roads has risen substantially from £8.5 billion in 2009.
Alan Mackenzie, chairman of the Asphalt Industry Alliance, told the Mirror: “The network is ageing and the cumulative effect of decades of underfunding is continuing to take its toll.
“However, our roads are deteriorating at a faster rate than they can be repaired and more significant problems for the future are building unseen below the surface.
“It is clear that there is still not enough money available to tackle the backlog of repairs needed to get our road network back into anything approaching a reasonable condition.”
With overall budgets for highways departments dropped by 16 per cent, many councils are yet to see a benefit from the Government’s plan to provide £6 billion of funding towards road maintenance.
With over two million potholes filled in during the last year alone, councils are being called on to improve A-roads in order to support trade and business.
Lee Hopley, EEF chief economist, told the paper: “Reliable and resilient local roads are a key enabler for more productive local economies and today’s figures show a damaged network with a repair cost that is still stubbornly high.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
March 24, 2016