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Pothole problem

By: Dave Robbins
07 November 2016

If, on a recent daily commute, you’ve felt a sickening thump as one of your car wheels disappears into a pothole, then you won’t be too pleased by information contained in the Local Government Authority’s (LGA) submission to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond.
Delivered ahead of his Autumn Statement, due later this month, the aim is to bring the shocking state of large tracts of UK roads to his attention and, hopefully, generate additional funding for repairs.

The LGA reckons that, thanks to continual underfunding for the past decade, it will now take 14 years to catch-up with pothole filling. In 2006 this task would have taken 10.9 years. Not great news. And, as for the cost, that’s now risen to a startling £12bn. With the LGA warning that some funding for roads may have to be diverted to cover health care costs, the chances of a pothole near you being filled any time soon are becoming less and less likely

With that in mind, it’s hardly surprisingly that a survey conducted by the LGA has shown that 83% of the UK’s population would welcome some of the money raised by fuel duty being channelled into road repairs. The LGA has suggested that 2p per litre (without any increase in duty) would be a good place to start.

Looks like a reasonable idea. But, even if Mr Hammond takes up the LGA’s suggestion, the total amount raised would only amount to £1bn. Based on the £12bn backlog quoted above, if your problem pothole is at the back of the queue, you could have another 12 years to wait before it’s filled in.

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