Rise in pothole repairs demonstrates failure of local roads funding

Rise in pothole repairs ‘demonstrates failure of local roads funding’

A report from the the Asphalt Industry Alliance highlights the scale of the problem

New figures show that the number of potholes filled by councils in England and Wales grew by 13% in the past 12 months.

Some 1.7 million potholes were filled during the year ending Wednesday, compared with 1.5 million during 2019/20, according to council responses to an annual survey by trade body the Asphalt Industry Alliance.

The report revealed that highway maintenance budgets have increased from an average of £20.7 million to £23.8 million year-on-year, partly due to additional UK Government funding to fix potholes and promote active travel in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published: by Radio NewsHub