£14bn repair bill as pothole problems increase
By: Dave Robbins
08 March 2017
Unless there’s a late winter freeze, the tarmac on the UK’s road network might be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Shedloads of snow and ice mixed with salt and sand are a perfect combination for opening potholes and damaging road surfaces. But another relatively mild winter means we might just have got away with it.
Having said that, the overall state of the UK road network still leaves a lot to be desired. In fact the Local Government Association (LGA) has said that 2017 could see a “tipping point” for potholes and a resultant £14bn repair bill over the next two years. With no weather to blame, the LGA reckons that’s it all the fault of the road transport industry.
The LGA has used figures showing a 5% increase in goods carried by HGVs in 2016. Whilst agreeing that underfunding had left UK roads in a crisis, the LGA reckons trucks are to blame for making matters worse, because they are more damaging to road surfaces than cars.
Unsurprisingly the Freight Transport Association disagrees. “It indicates a clear lack of understanding of the effect of freight vehicles,” says Christopher Snelling, Head of FTA Policy. Freight levels are not back to pre-recession levels, so the LGA’s assertion that HGVs are solely responsible for the increased number of potholes on UK roads is incorrect.”
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