LGA responds to RAC report into state of local road surfaces 

"Despite the efforts of councils, which repair a pothole every 19 seconds, our local roads repair backlog is rising, with latest estimates showing it would take over £12 billion and ten years to clear."


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Commenting on a report by the RAC that suggested that around 60 per cent of people had seen a deterioration in their local road surfaces, Cllr David Renard, Transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association said: 

“Despite the efforts of councils, which repair a pothole every 19 seconds, our local roads repair backlog is rising, with latest estimates showing it would take over £12 billion and ten years to clear. 

“Councils across the country are facing unprecedented increased costs to repair our local roads, keep our street lights switched on and invest in improved local infrastructure. Latest LGA estimates reveal that the average cost of a pothole repair has increased by around 25 per cent, with the cost of running street lights nearly doubling. 

“Research shows that, even before current levels of inflation, that existing levels of funding will lead to a gradual decline in road conditions.

“The Government should meet these increased costs in the upcoming Autumn Statement, otherwise they risk the current pothole repair backlog growing even longer and councils being forced to cut back on essential road repairs.”

Notes to editors

Research: The Case for Investing in Highway Maintenance, UKRLG