Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Funding needed to address potted roads



According to an annual report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), 17% of local and rural roads are in drastic need of maintenance for potholes or risk full resurfacing or closure in the next five years. The survey based on responses from 63% of councils in England and Wales reported that local authorities would require £12bn in funding to clear a maintenance backlog. The number of potholes filled by councils in England last year fell by 19%, with London recording the biggest decline of 43%. Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “The government needs to confront the funding shortfall head on and help to fund repairs and resurfacing work quicker.”

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