Addressing all of the potholes on roads across England and Wales could take 13 years and cost the public purse more than £12 billion, a new report claims.
Though local councils have gone to much effort to fill in a number of potholes across the country, the money spent on pothole repairs over the last year has been “wasted”, claims the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA).
More than this, the amount of compensation paid out to motorists whose cars were damaged by the poor state of roads rose to more than £20 million, according to the organisation’s annual survey, reports Sky. A further £18 million was also spent to provide staff to process these claims, the report added.
Slating the use of resources put into repair roads, chairman of the AIA, Alan Mackezie, told Sky: “Essentially, the money spent on filling the 2.7 million potholes reported is wasted – it is inefficient and short term in its effectiveness.
Essentially, the money spent on filling the 2.7 million potholes reported is wasted – it is inefficient and short term in its effectiveness.
“So, while we understand that the Department for Transport is promoting permanent repairs, the point remains that money would be better spent preventing potholes forming in the first place.
Despite an additional £6 billion being pledged by the Government to repair roads, Mr Mackenzie is dubious about how effective this funding will be in addressing the backlog of roads that need repairs.
Reinforcing the scale of the funding needed to bring roads back up to scratch, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, Peter Box said: “Councils need billions, not millions, to bring our roads up to scratch.
"Every mile of motorways and trunk roads will receive £1.4m funding over the next six years compared with £31,000 per mile for local roads.
"This makes little sense given the Government's own traffic projections predict an increase in local traffic of more than 40 per cent by 2040."