Cuts Watch #348: Potholes
The Local Government Association has warned that councils in England face a £165 million funding gap to repair the potholes caused by the winter’s bad weather. The coldest December for 100 years has left thousands of roads needing many repairs. Despite this increased need, the government has provided local authorities £165 million less in capital funding for road repairs than they had in 2010. Highways Maintenance Budget funding will be cut by £65 million and a special £100 million fund created by the last government after last winter’s extreme weather will not be replenished. The AA commented that
We face a spring of dangerous potholes, claims against highway authorities and perhaps road closures because they become dangerous and the money cannot be found for immediate major repairs.
Roads are a vital transport asset which carry 86% of goods and people – the money must be found for these critical repairs before some of Britain’s roads become no more than cart tracks.