Laura Sharman 15 January 2021

Eight in ten council say pothole crisis has worsened in five years

Eight in ten council say pothole crisis has worsened in five years image

More than eight out of ten local authorities say the pothole crisis has worsened over the last five years, according to the results of a new survey.

National Pothole Day also found 57% of local authorities surveyed have had their funding for pothole repairs cut over the last five years.

More than half (55%) also believe central government does not understand the impact this funding cut has had on the pothole crisis.

The survey found nearly a quarter of local authorities receive 51-100 pothole complaints every single month.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) is calling for a long-term approach to funding local road maintenance.

AIA chair, Rick Green, said: 'As we look to build back better, we need to move away from the stop/start approach to local roads investment, in particular, which has been the pattern for too long – it does little to improve overall conditions and only adds to a rising bill to put it right.

'Potholes are a symptom of an underfunded network. What’s needed is a longer-term approach to investment in effective road maintenance, which will improve the condition of our local roads and help prevent potholes from forming in the first place.'

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