LGA responds to extra funding for potholes

"While innovation will help councils who are fixing a pothole every 17 seconds, funding challenges remain for local authorities to deal with long term maintenance of their local roads and address a backlog of road repairs which has risen to nearly £10 billion to provide better roads that are safer and more resilient to constant use."


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Responding to an announcement of £201 million in government funding for pothole repairs and research into new road surface materials, Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:

“Potholes are the scourge of all road users and this funding is good news to help councils repair them and pioneer innovative ways to stop them forming in the first place.

“While innovation will help councils who are fixing a pothole every 17 seconds, funding challenges remain for local authorities to deal with long term maintenance of their local roads and address a backlog of road repairs which has risen to nearly £10 billion to provide better roads that are safer and more resilient to constant use.

“This is why we have called on the Government to also invest the equivalent of 2p of existing fuel duty to bring our roads up to scratch. Long term funding will help to avoid more costly short term repairs. The Government needs to address this in the forthcoming Spending Review.”