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£500 million shortfall leaves potholes unfixed across England and Wales

March 20, 2018 4:52 PM
By admin

Commenting on reports from Asphalt UK that show there is a £500 million shortfall in road surface maintenance which equates to £3.3 million per local authority in England and Wales, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson Baroness Jenny Randerson, said:

"Local roads provide a backbone to the UK economy worth £400 billion: the Government must not let them wear away on their watch. Potholes damage car steering, burst tyres and are lethal to motorcyclists and cyclists.

"Central government funding for local roads has stagnated under successive governments, so the money now coming in is too little, too late. Squeezed local councils - who have to maintain 98% of our roads - are struggling to top this money up as they cope with the spiralling costs of schools and social care. One-third of councils have seen their road maintenance budgets cut.

"Local councils already face a funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2019/20. The Government must act now to give a fair deal to local government, else our schools, roads and care services will suffer."