Potholes: Calls for more investment as UK’s ‘awful’ roads ridiculed

Plymouth: Large potholes seen on road at Penrith Gardens

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The Twitter account @NoContextBrits tweeted an image of a road with countless repairs done to the surface, which garnered more than 30,000 retweets and 94,000 likes. Many users began to poke fun at the lack of attention done to British roads when it comes to potholes.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s annual roads maintenance survey from March, shows that roads in England and Wales are resurfaced just once every 68 years.

It found that the average highway maintenance budgets for local authorities in England and Wales up by 15 percent in 2020/21, at an average of £23.8m per authority.

This is compared to £20.7m in 2019/20.     

Scotland have also had their issues with potholes as recently released research has shown that potholes in the country have increased fivefold since the SNP came into power.

Figures show 3,981 potholes were reported on trunk roads in 2007/8, compared to 20,988 in the last full financial year. 

In response to the report, Conservative MSP Miles Briggs said that there needed to be a drastic increase in investment. 

He said: “This new information reveals the stark decline in the state of Scotland’s roads under the SNP.

“Streets all over the country are plagued by potholes.


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“The impact on family finances is substantial, driving up the costs of owning a car. 

“We are calling for a £200 million Pothole Fund over the course of the Parliament so that local areas can take direct action to halt the spiralling condition of our roads under the SNP.”

Not only are potholes expensive for the Government to fill, but they also come with large sums of compensation for accidents.

In Brent, London, there was a £20,500 payout to a motorcyclist who came off their bike after going over a pothole.

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