LGA responds to pothole report by RAC Foundation

"The Government is spending 52 times per mile more on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network."


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Responding to a report by the RAC Foundation on pothole repair times by councils in the UK, Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:

“Keeping roads safe for all users is one of the most important jobs councils do and is reflected in the fact that local authorities are fixing a pothole every 21 seconds, with priority given to repairing potholes that pose the greatest risk based on their size and location, as recognised in this report.

“The Government is spending 52 times per mile more on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network.

“While the extra one-off £420 million funding announced in the Budget will help, only long-term, consistent and fairer government investment in local road maintenance can allow councils to address the £9.3 billion roads repair backlog which would give all road users better roads that are safer and more resilient to constant use.”

Notes to editors

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey 2018 shows that potholes are repaired every 21 seconds.