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Road damage costs councils £70m

By: Elizabeth Smythe
20 April 2011

Taxpayers are forking out £70 million a year on the repair of "botched" roadworks, reports BBC News.

Haulier driver training may soon need to cover negotiating potholes and cracked road surfaces, if Local Government Association (LGA) statistics are anything to go by.

They found that many of England and Wales' roads are left in a bad state of repair following work by utility companies. The LGA claim that of the two million holes dug up by these companies to lay new pipes, etc, 360,000 were not adequately filled in and the road surface left in worse condition that before.

In an attempt to over come this growing issue and remove the associated expenditure, the LGA have suggested that utility companies ought to pay a deposit prior to commencing a job, which would then be used to pay for any subsequent repairs.

The utilities industry's response was that controls were being tightened with regard to repairs and maintenance but the LGA want councils to be granted more power to oversee that work is carried out both in a timely manner and at the required standard.

Emphasising the issue, LGA chairman, Peter Box told Construction News: "Roadworks are a pet hate of all motorists. It is only right that companies which drill and dig up our roads pay their fair share towards fixing the damage.''

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