Laura Sharman 06 January 2015

Councils face up to £100m in road repairs backlog

Councils are facing a huge backlog of road repairs, with some authorities needing up to £100m to complete work, according to new figures.

A freedom of information request, conducted by the Press Association, found that Leeds was worst hit by the backlog of pothole repairs, needing between £90-£100m to tackle the problem.

Other areas in need to extra cash included Gloucestershire (£86m), Islington (£79m) and Oldham (£60m).

Ministers have now been warned that the £6m at the end of last year to fund road maintenance over the next six years, will not be enough.

Peter Box, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association (LGA) said: ‘This new money does not bridge the overall funding gap, which is increasing.’

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