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The number of pothole-related faults attended by RAC patrols in the second quarter of this year increased by almost a third (31%) compared to the same period in 2016.
The RAC warned the country’s roads are on a knife-edge as it reported a 63% increase in pothole-related breakdowns in the first quarter of the year.
Driverless and connected cars add weight to the case for improved highway maintenance, report says.
Roads are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired and it would need more than £12bn to bring them up to scratch, council leaders have warned.
An increase in the number of heavier lorries on the local roads network could see the number of potholes 'spike', council chiefs are warning.
A petition calling on the Government to invest an additional 2p per litre of the existing fuel duty into fixing potholes has been launched.
Potholes are likely to appear at an ‘unprecedented rate’ over the next few months, a motoring group has warned.
Council chiefs welcomed the Government’s announcement that local authorities will not be allocated local road maintainance funding through an ‘uncertain bidding process’.
New ‘pothole-spotter’ technology is to be trialled by Thurrock and York Councils in a bid to revolutionise the way potholes are identified and managed.
This year could be a ‘tipping point’ for potholes, council chiefs warn as road repair bills are projected to reach £14bn within two years.